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

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

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
wrote [PDF,
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.

Linda Chavez has

the benefits of mass immigration, even

the Arabs hit the Twin Towers –



ABM Industries
, and displacing

1,200 workers.

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

And also

“That`s unfortunate, not
least because a

guest worker program
that made it possible for
Mexicans to come here legally to work in

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.

disclosure: James Fulford not only doesn`t employ

43,000 janitors,
doesn`t even have a


August 28, 2002