News/US: Foreign Workers Sue Timber Companies

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Subject: News/US: Foreign Workers Sue Timber Companies
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Wed Feb 02 2000 - 08:43:58 EST


Foreign Workers Sue Timber Companies
January 27, 2000

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) A group of foreign workers is suing three giant
timber companies, alleging they were underpaid after being recruited to
come to the United States to plant trees.

Two of the suits were filed Thursday and one Wednesday in federal court.

The workers, mostly Mexicans, claim International Paper, Georgia-Pacific,
and Champion International Corp. broke the rules of the federal program
that allows them to use foreign labor by not paying the prevailing wage for
the work.

The plaintiffs also claim they haven't been paid overtime as required by
federal law for the seasonal work they do, mostly re-planting trees on the
companies' lands in the southeastern United States.

James Knoepp, an attorney with the Migrant Farmworker Justice Project in
Belle Glade, estimated as many as 6,000 workers may be eligible to join the
suit and said they would be seeking "several million" dollars in back pay.

Spokesmen for two of the companies said they hadn't seen the lawsuits and
couldn't comment.

"Of course, we follow all regulations relative to labor practices," said
Ken Haldin, a spokesman for Atlanta-based Georgia Pacific.

Melanie Orhant

morhant@igc.org
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