Linda Chavez Cleans Up With Cheap Labor
At the bottom of Linda Chavez`s regular column in
Jewish World Review
is the statement that
"Linda Chavez serves on
the board of directors of
ABM Industries, Inc., a publicly held company. "
I wondered why Jewish World Review chose to
mention that. I usually think of her as
President of the
Center for Equal Opportunity. Probably one of those
stupid “full disclosure” things, I thought. (Full
disclosure: I don`t do full disclosure.)
What is ABM Industries? I asked myself. It turns out
that it`s a major national janitorial firm.
The word “janitorial” made me raise my eyebrows.
Janitorial firms are a major employer of what we at
VDARE.COM refer to as
“Cheap labor.” Lawyer Howard Foster of
Johnson and Bell is
suing janitorial firms that hire illegals in a class
action suit on behalf of honest firms that don`t.
Now, I have no evidence that ABM Industries employs
illegal immigrants. On the contrary, they`ve been
investigated by the Clinton Justice department for
checking too closely to make sure they didn`t. (On the
peculiar legal theory – you can`t make this stuff up –
that it`s an
“Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practice” to ask a foreigner applying for work to prove
that he`s in the country legally.)
In 1995, Administrative Law Judge Marvin H. Morse
and very dull, too] that
[Office of Special
Counsel for Immigration-Related Discrimination]
contends that Forms I-9 obtained from ABM`s San
Francisco office "evidence that 90% of non-U.S. citizens
who completed the I-9 forms [from July 29, 1991 to
August 28, 1994] produced INS-issued documents." OSC
claims also that Petitioner`s I-9 forms for all
employees hired in the Washington metropolitan area from
January, 1992 through approximately August, 1994
demonstrate that of 700 aliens hired, all 700,
INS-issued documents (sometimes in addition to other I-9
documents), while the 79 U.S. citizens hired showed
various documents from columns B and C of the I-9 form.
Translation: ABM was
asking non-citizens for
green cards. That`s considered evidence of
Accordingly, we can
assume that a company like ABM is innocent of
deliberately hiring illegals. But of course, I would
have said the same of a company like
Tyson Industries before they got busted.
Nevertheless, that fact
remains that the janitorial industry is
highly-competitive, price-driven business. Labor costs
make up 80 per cent of its overhead.
"People see us
as a janitorial service, but we`re really more like
labor brokers," said Ken Edge, janitorial division
executive vice president.
The largest company you`ve never heard of,” Douglas
Robson San Francisco Business Times December 5,
ABM`s annual report
lower profits due to increased labor costs.
Immigration, illegal or
legal, lowers labor costs.
So it`s, well,
interesting to note that since 1997, she`s been director
of a company that depends on a steady supply of
cheap labor for its existence.
It adds a certain,
well, something to our understanding of Chavez lines
“Make no mistake:
U.S. employers in many industries are desperate for
Mexican and other foreign labor.”
Linda Chavez, “Those
immigrants,” syndicated column,
Feb 22 2001
“That`s unfortunate, not
least because a
guest worker program that made it possible for
Mexicans to come here legally to work in
construction or in
service jobs would mean fewer crossing the border
— Linda Chavez,
Don`t Seal the Borders — Keeping workers out won`t make
us safer. OpinionJournal, November 21, 2001
Maybe there is
something in this “full disclosure” thing after all.
August 28, 2002