October 13, 2006, - 12:56 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
On this site, I’ve repeatedly railed against class action lawsuits.
But, finally, there’s one for a great cause–Americans who lost their jobs to illegal aliens. It’s Trollinger v. Tyson Foods, Inc., 370 F.3d 602 (6th Cir. 2004).
Curtis L. Collier, a federal judge in Chattanooga, Tennessee granted class-action status to a lawsuit filed against Tyson Foods by four former employees who lost their jobs or had their wages depressed because Tyson knowingly hired illegal aliens at eight meat-packing plants.
The four employees–Birda Trollinger, Robert Martinez, Tabetha Edding and Doris Jewell–say the deliberate hiring of illegal aliens depressed their earnings by $8-$10 per HOUR! Note that three are women and one is Hispanic. Yes, opposition to illegal aliens stealing America out from under us is not about racism, nativism, or bigotry. It’s about taking back our country and instituting just a tad of national security.
It’s a huge move because it means that lawyer Howard W. Foster, who filed the suit, is now potentially representing thousands of American citizens who lost their jobs to illegal aliens, thanks to Tyson’s unscrupulous and illegal behavior. Tyson may have to pay multi-millions in a settlement or judgment, the only kind of punishment most American employers of illegal aliens understand.
Of course, Tyson could also face criminal charges–if Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) chieftess Julie L. Myers a/k/a “The ICE Princess” would bother to have her agents investigate, raid, and make arrests of Tyson executives breaking immigration laws. But she isn’t. Because there are jobs that some Americans just won’t do–like enforcing immigration laws. Remember all the show raids and arrests of illegal alien employers? We haven’t seen any in a while, now that there’s now way immigration legislation will pass before the election. So, these days, The ICE Princess is busy making ’50s-style “sex-ed” videos promoting herself, courtesy of you.
Well before Myers’ fleeting, unworthy tenure at ICE, then-INS agents did their job well trying to get Tyson. In March 2003, an O.J.-style jury acquitted Tyson and three former managers of conspiring to hire illegal aliens from Latin America, in order to bring down wages and shore up the bottom line. But we don’t know the quality of the case the lackluster Bush Justice Department put on. Bush’s Justice allowed two Tyson managers to plead and get a year of probation, a slap on the wrist and hardly a tough message to the alien-hiring crowd.
This time, when it’s out-of-work, hard-working Americans and their lawyer running the show, we think–and hope–the result will be different.
Until then–and probably after–don’t by Tyson Foods products. Me–I don’t buy ’em anyway. I only eat kosher meat. Regardless, we now know Tyson Foods simply isn’t kosher for American survival.
The eight Tyson plants named in the suit are at Shelbyville; Corydon, Ind.; Gadsden, Ala., Blountsville, Ala., Ashland, Ala.; Sedalia, Mo.; Center, Texas and Glen Allen, Va. If you work or did work at one of these Tyson Foods plants–or know someone who did–please contact attorney Howard Foster of Chicago law firm Johnson & Bell to join the suit.
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