Posted on April 25, 2006

Some Cargill Meat Plants to Close Monday for Rally

Reuters, April 25, 2006

CHICAGO — Cargill Meat Solutions, a unit of Cargill Inc., said five of its U.S. beef plants and two hog plants will be closed this coming Monday due to the immigration rallies scheduled for that day.

“We talked with employees and many wanted to participate in the May 1 activities. Because we share the concerns of many employees about HR-4437, we felt it was appropriate to change the schedules,” Mark Klein, Cargill spokesman, said in an e-mail.

HR-4437 is a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that proposes to erect a fence along much of the U.S.-Mexico border and declare illegal immigrants felons.