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The new issue of The New Yorker has a piece entitled "Exploitation and Abuse at the Chicken Plant," in which writer Michael Grabell tells a devastating story. An excerpt:

"Though Case Farms isn’t a household name, you’ve probably eaten its chicken. Each year, it produces nearly a billion pounds for customers such as Kentucky Fried Chicken, Popeyes, and Taco Bell. Boar’s Head sells its chicken as deli meat in supermarkets. Since 2011, the U.S. government has purchased nearly seventeen million dollars’ worth of Case Farms chicken, mostly for the federal school-lunch program.

"Case Farms plants are among the most dangerous workplaces in America. In 2015 alone, federal workplace-safety inspectors fined the company nearly two million dollars, and in the past seven years it has been cited for two hundred and forty violations. That’s more than any other company in the poultry industry except Tyson Foods, which has more than thirty times as many employees."

In addition, Grabell writes, "Case Farms has built its business by recruiting some of the world’s most vulnerable immigrants, who endure harsh and at times illegal conditions that few Americans would put up with. When these workers have fought for higher pay and better conditions, the company has used their immigration status to get rid of vocal workers, avoid paying for injuries, and quash dissent."

It is a devastating story, and you can read it here
KC's View:
First of all, to those who will suggest that this is somehow "fake news," I would point out that The New Yorker fact checking department is legendary. My sense is that you can take the facts of this story to the bank.

It also serves as one counter-argument to those who would say that regulators always ought to stay out of the way of private enterprise, and that the free market will take care of things all on its own. The way this company has treated some of its people is disgusting ... and as a matter of public policy, we ought to make sure that employers take better care of their people.