Chicago immigration raid leaves bakery scrambling to rehire after 800 workers lost

Bloomberg

A Swiss maker of hamburger buns for McDonald’s Corp. said it’s struggling to run a Chicago bakery after it lost a third of its workers in a clampdown on 800 immigrants without sufficient documentation.

About 35 percent of the workers at Cloverhill Bakery had to be replaced, according to Zurich-based Aryzta AG. The company, which makes baked goods for fast-food chains and supermarkets at a bakery in Chicago's Galewood neighborhood, said the employees were supplied by a job-placement agency that faced federal audits earlier this year. It also has a warehouse in Cicero.

“It’s proceeding very, very slowly because it’s like having a brand new factory and a brand new workforce,” Chief Executive Officer Kevin Toland said on a call with analysts. “That’s presenting a lot of challenges, as you can imagine.”

The raid on workers at Cloverhill is one of the biggest U.S. employment headaches reported by a European company so far as President Donald Trump has made curbing undocumented immigration a centerpiece of his presidency. Aryzta said it faces challenges in retaining staff in the U.S. and pressure to raise wages.

The company did not specify when the raid happened, but said in its annual report "following this disruption [Cloverhill] locations incurred €16.3m of losses during June and July 2017."

The Cloverhill issues led to a 7 percent decline in Aryzta’s sales from North America in the three months through October. The increase in employment costs — which is affecting retailers and restaurants nationwide — will eventually lead to higher consumer prices, Toland said.

Aryzta wasn’t able to verify that the workers had the necessary documents to work because they were brought in by a staffing agency, interim Chief Financial Officer David Wilkinson said in September. He also said the board wasn’t aware of the extent of the risk that existed to the business. The company first reported the loss of 800 workers at that time.

The Swiss company didn’t name the staffing company.

An earlier photo caption incorrectly said Cloverhill Bakery makes buns for McDonald's.

Copyright © 2017, Chicago Tribune
35°

      <font id="dwsbwHT"></font>

          <mark id="dwsbwHT"></mark>

        <listing id="dwsbwHT"><output id="dwsbwHT"><noframes id="dwsbwHT">

        <font id="dwsbwHT"><p id="dwsbwHT"></p></font>

          <font id="dwsbwHT"></font>

                    <mark id="dwsbwHT"></mark>
                  <mark id="dwsbwHT"><p id="dwsbwHT"><address id="dwsbwHT"></address></p></mark><font id="dwsbwHT"></font>

                  <font id="dwsbwHT"></font>

                            <progress id="dwsbwHT"></progress>

                            <font id="dwsbwHT"><ol id="dwsbwHT"></ol></font>

                            <listing id="dwsbwHT"></listing>
                                <mark id="dwsbwHT"></mark>

                                      <progress id="dwsbwHT"></progress><listing id="dwsbwHT"></listing><font id="dwsbwHT"></font>

                                      <font id="dwsbwHT"></font><listing id="dwsbwHT"><ol id="dwsbwHT"><span id="dwsbwHT"></span></ol></listing>
                                        <mark id="dwsbwHT"><ol id="dwsbwHT"></ol></mark>

                                            <font id="dwsbwHT"><p id="dwsbwHT"></p></font>
                                            1. 7184831364 2018-02-22
                                            2. 6587651363 2018-02-22
                                            3. 286421362 2018-02-22
                                            4. 6048951361 2018-02-22
                                            5. 1697191360 2018-02-22
                                            6. 8899071359 2018-02-22
                                            7. 711651358 2018-02-22
                                            8. 59931357 2018-02-22
                                            9. 8373001356 2018-02-22
                                            10. 3934911355 2018-02-22
                                            11. 7506451354 2018-02-21
                                            12. 5409251353 2018-02-21
                                            13. 2355131352 2018-02-21
                                            14. 2972501351 2018-02-21
                                            15. 6382121350 2018-02-21
                                            16. 680231349 2018-02-21
                                            17. 3606401348 2018-02-21
                                            18. 1461851347 2018-02-20
                                            19. 6804581346 2018-02-20
                                            20. 7067591345 2018-02-20
                                            21. cheap jerseys | wholesale jerseys |