Harvard Maintenance Inc., a national janitorial company, will lose over half its Minnesota work force after an immigration audit, making it the second major business in that state to be hit by an Obama administration crackdown on employers of illegal immigrants.
The audit by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will result in about 240 workers losing their jobs, the Service Employees International Union said on Monday.
J. Daniel Duffy, an executive vice president of the closely held New York-based janitorial company, declined to comment.
Harvard Maintenance began issuing dismissal letters to employees in early March and is in the process of terminating workers, according to the SEIU,which represents the workers. Harvard Maintenance gave workers 90 days to rectify irregularities in their employment-eligibility documents before informing them they could no longer work there, the union said.
“Our community is traumatized,” said Javier Morillo, president of SEIU Local 26 in the Twin Cities. He estimated Harvard Maintenance has 350 workers in the state. Mr. Morillo said following the audit the union worked with Harvard Maintenance to keep the workers employed as long as possible.
According to SEIU Local 26’s 2009 financial reports on file with the Department of Labor, dues charged to workers are between $26 and $47.50 per month, or an average of $36.75 per month.
It is safe to assume that the 240 undocumented workers were paying mandatory union dues to the SEIU and, at $36.75, the SEIU was making nearly $9,000 per month–well over $100,000 per year–from these workers…until they were caught.
It is still remarkable how the SEIU (and other unions) are allowed to exploit illegal immigrants and not be prosecuted as they are no better than the immigrant traffickers. They are America’s coyotes.
“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776