Bum steer for SD slaughterhouse workers--laid off with no final paycheck

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More than 250 workers were laid off Wednesday at the Northern Beef Packers plant in Aberdeen, S.D, joining another hundred workers who got pink slips three months ago.

The Associated Press reports that workers say they have not been paid for more than two weeks. Workers tell the AP that no cattle have been slaughtered at the plant for three weeks.

Northern Beef is going through Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The AP said that U.S. Bankruptcy Court documents show the plant, owned by Korean investors, owes millions of dollars to creditors in the U.S. and South Korea. Northern Beef also owes about $500,000 in back property taxes.

Company officials have not commented on the layoffs. They previously said they were trying to raise $20 million for operations. Northern Beef started operating last fall after years of delays. Officials had hoped to eventually process 1,500 cattle per day from the Dakotas, Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota.

The Aberdeen American News reports that the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation scheduled a Friday meeting to inform the newly laid-off about unemployment benefits.

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