“City Of The Big Shoulders” bakery forced to hire Americans, raise wages, after 800 employees found to be illegals… blames “staffing agency”

A Swiss maker of hamburger buns for McDonald’s Corp. said it’s struggling to run a Chicago bakery after it lost a third of its workers in a clampdown on 800 immigrants without sufficient documentation.

About 35 percent of the workers at Cloverhill Bakery had to be replaced, according to Zurich-based Aryzta AG. The company, which makes baked goods for fast-food chains and supermarkets, said the employees were supplied by a job-placement agency that faced federal audits earlier this year.

“It’s proceeding very, very slowly because it’s like having a brand new factory and a brand new workforce,” Chief Executive Officer Kevin Toland said on a call with analysts. “That’s presenting a lot of challenges, as you can imagine.”

The raid on workers at Cloverhill is one of the biggest U.S. employment headaches reported by a European company so far as President Donald Trump has made curbing undocumented immigration a centerpiece of his presidency. Aryzta said it faces challenges in retaining staff in the U.S. and pressure to raise wages.

Isn’t Chicago, formerly the ‘City Of the Big Shoulders” now a Sanctuary City? MAGA Mr. Trump.

  • Judi

    That’s racist against immigrants!

    If an employer wants to employ us that is none of the governments business. They just want to rip us off for income tax!

    • OK.

    • Drunk by Noon ✓

      And how much are you illegal immigrants ripping off the Canadian taxpayer for benefits that you do not deserve in amounts that far outstrip any taxes that you might have paid.

    • WalterBannon

      illegal aliens are not immigrants

      oh, and we have too many immigrants already and should be repatriating all the Muslims for a start.

    • Editor

      No. It’s the law.

  • Alain

    They knowingly broke the law and got caught, so they deserve no sympathy. I would love to see raids carried out in Silicon Valley and Hollywood, because I am certain they would plenty of illegals working there.

    • You can bet they knew damn well what was up, it’s plausible deniability.

      • Drunk by Noon ✓

        There is no reason for a company of that size to be outsourcing to a staffing agency unless it was SPECIFFICALLY to create a legal firewall against prosecution for illegal business practices, such as hireling illegals.

        • That was exactly the plan.

          • xavier

            It’s time Mcdonalds also needs to face the law. It aided and abetted on human traffcking and exploitation. It’s time for stiff consent decrees on employment

    • Editor

      If we extrapolate the numbers in this particular case to only the US manufacturing sector, the numbers are absolutely mind boggling. 12.4 million manufacturing jobs, so potentially 3,340,000 “immigrants without sufficient documentation.” Never mind the other industries you mentioned.

      • DMB

        I am employed in the manufacturing sector myself and a large % of the employees are relatively new arrivals. I wonder how many of them even have permanent residency status never mind have their full legal citizenship. It is rather frightening to ponder who am I competing with within my very own workplace.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Baking rolls….jobs that Americans won’t do ????

    • In a highly automated bakery yet. I have seen these places in action, bread making requires no human intervention.

      • simus1

        They love to work in bakeries, especially in the winter.

  • WalterBannon

    were the illegals held for deportation?

    was the CEO arrested?

    bread and circuses.

    • Both should happen plus the seizure of personal assets.