DVD maker denied visas for workers at Alabama plant

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Canadian DVD manufacturer Cinram has been denied a request for visas for 800 foreign workers to help its Huntsville plant with holiday orders.

The U.S. Department of Labor decision came a year after an investigation began into claims of overpriced, substandard housing for its foreign workers.

But agency officials told The Huntsville Times on Tuesday the request was denied because Cinram didn't adequately justify the need for the workers and had been using a temporary employment agency to hire and pay them.

The company hired the workers to package and sort DVDs for $8 an hour.

Cinram's plant in northeast Huntsville boasted the nation's single largest allotment of H2-B visas for unskilled seasonal labor last fall.

The plant imported 1,142 workers from five countries, including Jamaica and Nepal.

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