May 22, 2008
Former workers speak out as Agriprocessors scrambles to keep plant open
(Page 2 - Previous Page)"She said no," Rucal recalled. "And when she said no, he give more jobs to her."
Rucal also said that he was pressured to purchase a blue Ford Focus from a supervisor for $3,500 after the supervisor promised he would make work easier for his mother, an Agriprocessors employee who was picked up during the raid. Rucal said she was released because she has children.
Even as complaints and allegations mounted about the conditions at the Postville plant, the substitute workers brought in from Nebraska described a more positive environment back at the company's factory in Gordon.
Morales said the Postville plant is far worse than what he experienced in Gordon, where supervisors would take the time to explain proper procedures or help out when something went wrong.
In Postville, he added, supervisors only paid attention to the workers when they were taking a break -- to make sure it didn't last too long.
"It's not all rabbis; there are rabbis that are good," Morales said. "The Jews back home" at the plant in Nebraska, "they're like real people, real good people. But these Jews over here they're different, real different."
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