Students at Manhattan’s YCT have initiated a boycott of Agriprocessors AKA Rubashkins. Already gone from the shelves of the Trader Joes in our Long Beach hood, Rubashkin’s and David’s are no longer being served at this Rabbi’s home. JTA reports:
A Modern Orthodox social justice group launched a boycott of the kosher slaughterhouse Agriprocessors.
Uri L’tzedek, an initiative started by students at the liberal Orthodox rabbinical seminary Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in New York City, set Monday as the date it would stop patronizing Agriprocessors if the company did not agree to abide by certain ethical labor standards.
Organizers say some 1,300 people, including several leading Jewish figures, have signed the group’s petition asking the company to establish a transparent department to ensure compliance with both Jewish and U.S. legal requirements regarding worker treatment.
Representatives of Uri L’tzedek met last week with several company officials in New York, including members of the extended Rubashkin family, which owns the company. The group was promised a statement of the company’s position on worker rights within 48 hours, but the document had not materialized as of Tuesday morning.
According to Uri L’tzedek’s own website, they are not reporting the start of the boycott yet.