I agree the Christmas tree story is
ing (btw, they are back up now), but Smithfield is the power over lives of his workers and loves to treat them like slaves. Abuse is his middle name. He is the poster boy for all that is wrong in the American structure of how business/worker relations work.
Or don't work...
Smithfield maintains an environment of fear and intimidation. For over ten years now, workers have fought relentlessly for a voice on the job. In 1994 and 1997, workers tried to hold a union election but were met with the coercive fist of Smithfield. After the vote count at the 1997 election, one union supporter and one union organizer were dragged out of the plant, beaten, insulted with racial epithets, and arrested.
For five years, from 2000-2005, Smithfield had it own police force with the state police power to make arrests on Smithfield property. And arrests it made. During its brief stint as a police force, the Smithfield Company Police arrested over 90 workers.
Much as the Christmas tree story
s me, treating humans AND animals brutally
s me even more.
Grinch of the year is too kind...