Electrocuted at Age 22

By: Thursday May 1, 2008 10:30 am

Every day, most of us go to work and then come home. Next day: Rinse, repeat.

But some U.S. workers go to work and never come home.

In April 2005, Donald Wilcher Smith was one of them. The 22-year-old central Texas man was electrocuted at the Sanderson Farms processing plant.

This week, his father, Donald Coit Smith, described what it’s like to lose his son.

I do not possess the capacity to adequately describe the horror that possesses my soul from my son’s death.

 

Slaves, Sharecroppers, Now Immigrants

By: Thursday February 14, 2008 10:30 am

There are many reasons economic immigrants come to this nation—driven out of their home countries by bad trade deals that fail to consider the impact on workers or because they are fleeing unfettered corporate greed that seeks out impoverished nations to pay the lowest possible wages. Last week in this spot, I took a look at why border crossings start in the boardroom.

Once in the United States, immigrants are ripe for employer exploitation—and many U.S. employers don’t hesitate to do so.

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