Cinram is in trouble again. In May I reported that about 100 Nepalese workers at Cinram vanished
. That raised some questions by the Dept. of Homeland Security, but not much happened.
See this newsletter for the May story: "Nepalese H-2Bs go poof, while Baca and Pelosi push for more visas"
, No. 1830 — 3/05/2008
Now Cinram has another problem. Cinram
wanted to hire about 800 H-2Bs to wrap DVDs at their Huntsville plant. The USDOL denied their request for visas on the basis that the housing provided for the workers was substandard.[WSFA 12 News Montgomery, AL |DVD maker denied visas for workers at Alabama plant
, November 19, 2008]
The H-2B program requires that employers provide housing. Usually it`s nothing more than a dumpy trailer or a run down motel with 5 workers per room. H-2B forest workers called Pineros often have no more for housing than a truck bed or a tent.
To read about Pineros go here:The Pineros: Men of the Pines.
Considering the low threshold considered acceptable in the H-2B program, it would be interesting to see what Cinram was providing for housing.
If any activists in Huntsville have a camera I would be happy to host whatever pictures or videos you could find.