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Agriprocessors delays paychecks, Postville residents forced to a shelter

Postville residents wait for a ride to a shelter in Decorah Postville residents wait for a ride to a shelter in Decorah

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- More trouble for Agriprocessors and the people of Postville. With the plant's struggles, employees said they did not get paid. The turmoil at Agriprocessors is creating turmoil for the entire town and it's the reason why dozens are staying in a shelter near Decorah.

Power was shutdown in several homes rented from GAL investments. It's was an attempt to force families to pay utilities, but when Argriprocessor workers went to pick up their paychecks, they went home empty handed, leaving many homeless and unable to pay.

"I need my paycheck, the other guys need their paychecks because we don't have any money, we need the money," said Agriprocessor worker, Victor Morales.

Morales isn't the only one who needs money in Postville. Hundreds of people from the Island Nation of Palau were left homeless Friday; locked out of their homes.

"They don't have any power and they don't have food. They want to be paid so they can have something during the weekend," said Morales.

Dozens gathered inside the Multicultural Center. For some, the only solution was to stay together, which meant traveling to a shelter in Decorah. Palau Ambassador, Hersey Kyota said this is all one big misunderstanding.

"Some of them were under the impression that their rent and utilities were free for three months," said Kyota.

He said he's not blaming Agriprocessors, but with hundreds of workers turned away without paychecks the effects are becoming more and more visible.

"There's going to be a lot of people walking around outside, a lot of problems. Maybe a lot of people breaking into houses because they don't have anywhere to go. They need money," said Morales.

And for those who decided to stay, they'll continue to wait, and hope the money comes soon.

"There's miracle you know, that something better will turn out, at least get their pay checks," said Kyota.

Dozens are staying in Decorah, with no idea when or even if, they'll get a pay check from Agriprocessors.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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