Meatpacking: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

21 Peb 2021
4 803 968 Ditonton

The pandemic has thrown into high relief some of the longstanding issues surrounding working conditions in meatpacking facilities. John Oliver explains why greater oversight is needed, and how we can go about getting it.
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  • I read a book while in jail for consuming, by choice, illegal chemicals like cocaine and heroin as opposed to the LEGAL chemicals in our air that I would rather NOT ingest like the mercury, formaldehyde, lead arsenic etc like we get from fossil fuels, and it was entitled "Fast Food Nation"..... other than the abhorrent things described by John here, this book pointed out that chicken feces were fed to cattle and cattle feces were fed to chickens that were being sold for human consumption......and people wonder why i go for that silly "free range" hoax food.

    K- DrexK- Drex12 menit yang lalu
  • My food processing job has changed their policy on sick days duriing this pandemic. They started penalizing us for taking them, while there is covid spreading through our plant. Oh yeah, and someone died last week. He was in his mid 40s. Left his wife and kid behind. Terrible.

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  • "If the penalty for a crime is a fine, then that law only exists for the lower class."

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  • Comedy without crowds kinda suck ngl

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  • Being a former worker at a meat packing plant I can say this is all true

    Tony WigtonTony Wigton17 menit yang lalu
  • I always find these so interesting, as they inform me about things that I never considered. Its shines light about how ignorance is bliss though, now I feel I should not buy Tyson chicken. But that won't really have any sort of impact...

    Kyle McVayKyle McVay28 menit yang lalu
  • I work in an industry that had to cut production due to covid. Our customers are super pissed about the lack of supply. Imagine $10/pound prices for chicken that is rarely even available. How would the public react to that? You can reduce production, sure, but people will have to eat less also. Try telling people they can't eat because the producers can't produce. Let me know who that goes over.

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  • This country thinks seven dollars an hour is a living wage while touting we are number one in the world. It’s just modernized slavery.

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  • ...& community-wide antibacterial resistance and + substance / domestic violence rates

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  • Yet another of episode of "America is a shitty place to live in if you're poor with John Oliver."

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  • Calling this piece "meatpacking" is 100% accurate and 100% false advertisement, simultaneously. I am *slightly* disappointed.

    Thomas TurnerThomas Turner51 menit yang lalu
  • Brilliant, and hilarious, as always. And such an important and concerning issue. Thanks.

    Bob BallouBob Ballou59 menit yang lalu
  • How about..stop eating animals

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  • Why can’t they and won’t they unionize? Also robots...

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  • How can a company tell a government agency in charge of workers safety to put a bag over their head to go through a factory? And why on earth would he agree to that? In ANY other first world country the factory would be shut down until a proper inspection was passed AND fined massively on top of that. This is absolutely absurd!

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  • I'm not going to watch this. I already know about the meat industry. I am assuming John Oliver is eating Bill Gates meat already. 🤮

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  • Jesus is this America or China wtf

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  • This is like....FOXCONN...

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  • Why aren't you funny anymore? The journalism is wonderful but your childish and simplistic obvious jokes are just embarrassing. Stick to journalism or make the comedy good again.

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  • Thank you for covering this!!!

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  • just watched this again.. outrageous! I wonder what society in 3031 will think of us now. 🥴

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  • So yes...that is indeed problem... so what can we do about it? Should we all just go vegan? Seems as impossible to avoid as Amazon at this point.

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  • Since I watched this video I keep getting Tyson ads.

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  • I thought that what sailors do.

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  • whelp...time to try and be vegetarian again fuck

    Concerned GeekConcerned GeekJam Yang lalu
  • Go vegan. End all this evil horrific suffering.

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  • Who built the cages BOE ?

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  • I felt personally attacked by that Emerson blended joke.

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  • So thankful you are working to get the truth out

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  • "within the capitalist system all methods for raising the social productiveness of labour are brought about at the cost of the individual labourer; all means for the development of production transform themselves into means of domination over, and exploitation of, the producers; they mutilate the labourer into a fragment of a man, degrade him to the level of an appendage of a machine, destroy every remnant of charm in his work and turn it into a hated toil"

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  • Yikes, we all knew it was bad, but many truckers say Tyson is great to work for. Easy to socially distance on the road...

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  • bo pilgrim looks like a glenn fabry drawing of Arseface that got thrown in a washing machine

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  • The worst part about this is that none of this is news to those in power, but nothing is ever done about it because people complain when the price of meat per pound is too high. No one complains about worker's safety when the price of chicken is $0.99/pound.

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  • I hate this world and the greed that crawls upon it..

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  • 11:35 explains why so many companies are moving to Texas

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  • Let's not beat around the bush either: Meatpacking employees are just one segment of the employed who have suffered and been denied compensation during the pandemic. You also have your grocery cashiers/stockmen/sales associates, your public transit workers, your mail carriers/package delivery specialists, and a whole slew of other workers. I mean Kroger is choosing to close stores rather than follow through with local laws demanding hazard pay for workers being exposed to a deadly infection that has killed more than 500,000 people in America when Kroger's minimum wage is a paltry sub $15 an hour.

    Trent8086Trent80862 jam yang lalu
  • Another reason to go vegan

    Nico BambinoNico Bambino2 jam yang lalu
  • I used to work in a meat packing plant and I can say that this is absolutely true. They have destroyed unions and do constant union prevention. My brother simply told the truth about working conditions to OSHA and was almost fired ford it. I can tell you right now that there are very few people who have the enduring spirit to work more than a week in these plants and those who can manage are treated like trash.

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  • what if the workers just owned the company

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  • My older brother worked in a meat packing plant. He died there in a work related incident.

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  • This is a textbook example of why we need strong unions.

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  • There was a liquid nitrogen leak at a poultry plant in Gainesville, GA, earlier this year. It killed six people, but a lot of the immigrant workers didn't seek medical help. In fact, they fled the site for fear of deportation. This plant, though, had received 12 OSHA violations in 2015 alone (including two employees losing fingers), and more all the way up to 2020. I haven't heard anything else about this plant or the incident or what happened to the employees who didn't seek help since then. I suspect I never will. Here's the story

    Tracy HeathTracy Heath3 jam yang lalu
  • Not just meat packing but most production facilities are like this

    Ken CastleberryKen Castleberry3 jam yang lalu
  • I love to watch this show anytime my blood feels a little too warm and not enough curdled.

    concernedspectatorconcernedspectator3 jam yang lalu
  • Ive seen more news coverage on tiger woods car accident in the last two days than on the meat packing industry in the last two decades. Sad state of reporting nowadays.

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  • Claxton's industry leaders say the plan that could lower the prison's population numbers could raise their needed employee totals. "We'd like to hire all our workers locally, but there are positions we have to fill and there just aren't enough people that want to do the job," explained Claxton Poultry's Jerry Lane. So, prisoners will do since normal people want rights.

    SkieraSevenSkieraSeven3 jam yang lalu
    • Four open dormitories with bunk beds. Vocational/OJT Poultry Processing Open dorms for prisoners who process the chicken for 25$ a day? Even tho my linked article was from 2007, seems like Claxton Chicken still has this chicken processing program for prisoners. Yikes.

      SkieraSevenSkieraSeven3 jam yang lalu
  • Go plant-based and you'll be healthier and more satisfied that you're not giving money to this industry.

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  • Capitalism at its worst evilness! What do you expect from a country that started from enslaving people!!

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  • Oliver should thank the USA for providing so much good (bad) material for his shows. Why is the US looking worse everyday?

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  • What are people's opinions on what should be done as an individual to make their lives better? Regulations on limits they can impose on workers? The demand for meat is very high (I imagine) so they would need to hire more to meet it but do they have the budget to do so? With regulations in place, would this force some number people in the country into veganism if it increases the price of meat? Maybe automation of some sort becomes a thing or plant based meats explode at this point if it becomes quickly manufacturable, where do the workers go?

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  • Remember when Republicans wouldn't vote for the stimulus bill unless a law was added that would keep anyone from suing a company that forced them to work in Covid conditions then they caught the virus from that? Pepperidge Farm remembers.

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  • If we are not willing to pay more for meat to ensure the wellbeing of our fellow man, we do not deserve the food in our mouths.

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  • What? Behind the guinea pig?

    MacTechG4MacTechG44 jam yang lalu
  • John coming with the heat and I miss his audiences. He’s stuck in the void

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  • JBS was (is) involved in many political scandals in Brazil, with charges of bribes to former Presidents, quality controls issues and a lot more.

    João SolimeoJoão Solimeo4 jam yang lalu
  • this may as well be about the majority American factory jobs

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  • As soon as OSHA implements the federal emergency declaration they’ll get sued by the meat packing barons

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  • Your boss has opposing interests to you - they’re not family.

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  • Has John made a video about soybeans? Soybeans get a lot of criticism as unhealthy for human consumption yet the majority of soybeans are grown to feed the livestock that are raised for meat.

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  • Same story, but replace USA with China

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  • Why does the USA seems more and more sad with every video he makes.

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  • It's not just the meat packing industry. If you work in any sort of plant, factory, or are a disposable resource. I have worked in the manufacturing industry for over 20 years and have experienced some horrendous working conditions. These industries will work you to death and then throw you out like the garbage that they think that you are.

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  • Who won the bet though?

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  • Pervert owls. Woo woo!

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  • And "Team Member".. been saying this for years, labor standards in this country are garbage.

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  • Americans being americans...

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  • how to kill that hamster? use the holy hand grenade.

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  • A fact to think about: George Duhamel already wrote exactly about this terrible part of American culture (and other parts) way back in 1930; in his book 'America the menace'... Just a few people with really much money rule a crazy lot. Liberalism and democracy in the last 100 years are only a veil of maya used by oligarchs to make us believe we are free, so we sell our ancient cultures, social processes, relations and our souls, just for pleasure and convenience. And oversight? A nice word, part of the veil, because its meaning can be bought to, which they do... You want change? Make sure you have some. If you do, then you'll probably don't want is anymore. That is why most things in the long run will not really change in this now Americanized Western and so called liberal culture: Power is addictive... for the few. And so is the pleasure and convenience... for the masses.

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  • You know John Oliver is speaking truth to power when he pauses to say "Now... LEGALLY, I have to tell you...."

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  • Sitting here in socialist Denmark with my popcorn, free healthcare, free school system, five weeks of company paid vacation each year and where meat package workers earn 4885 $ a month and watching the freak show they call "Land of the Freeeeee".. but at least they got guns in this show which seems like a fair trade off

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  • 😞

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  • Thank you, John Oliver, for highlighting another important and under-reported topic! I agree that this topic is NOT talked about enough, and would argue that the animals suffering at meat plants are also NOT talked about enough. The food industry is horrendous at every corner, and what is coming to light in your footage is beyond appalling. I wonder if people who watch this continue their meat consumption as usual, or if some consumers are changing and eat less of these inhumanely-processed products.

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  • D i s q u s t i n g! Scratching the surface in the land of the brave and the free......

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  • Companies should not be able to obstruct the creation of unions

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  • Upton Sinclaire described production workers peeing in the slaughterhouses of chicago in the 1930's. Nothing has changed!

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  • "make America great again" People with actual souls: we have the time machine, let's make sure Columbus never gets here

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  • John Oliver does a pretty excellent job with his sarcastic presentation of some pretty serious issues to consider. I, for one, will never buy another Tyson Meat product until I hear that the company has corrected the error of its ways. (I'm not holding my breath on that one.) The staff cuts at OSHA and the IRS, to name just a couple of government agencies, were initiated under Republican presidencies. Banging the "smaller government" gong, they cut a shitload of positions that check on various industries and taxpayers... and so what do you expect to happen after that? If nobody's looking, those not being checked go off the grid in their illegal activities. The heads of major corporations donate a boatload of dough to GOP candidates across the nation because they know they'll get something for their money. It's "Pay to Play" and it works... so it continues.

    joemikejakejoemikejake6 jam yang lalu
  • The weirdest thing is when people place it on public media this is their working condition and almost nobody politically cares. I know a lot of Americans hate Government and lobby against as little Government control 99% of the time. But if a company can act like this you can use your government to enforce government to have at least some form of ethics. Companies won't do that, they have no incentive. Just a tiny little bit of ethics instead of this absolutely low bar. That's what we do in my European Capitalistic country.

    FreddyFishFreddyFish6 jam yang lalu
    • There are lot's of ways to protect employers but also ensure there are a lot of way to protect employees. When they seek their own doctor is one way, because then they have something called a Second Opinion. Must be known in America but isn't used very much in these insituations. We have even created a better system in Europe which you can use. We have Independent Doctors, they are not allowed to work for one side or the other or they get COMPLETELY DESTROYED. Their careers or companies are over. As soon as there is a wif of favoritism you can go against them personally. Still doesn't work perfectly. But better than a useless doctor from the company who will 100% work against you. Company doctors, you should never trust.

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  • Land of the free!

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  • This is the most important post you will ever read. Every one of us has sinned against God. We’ve lied, we’ve stolen, we’ve sinned sexually, and we’ve taken His name in vain; which makes us liars, thieves, fornicators and blasphemers.. Yet this is only four of our many transgressions. The problem is, we can never ‘outweigh’ our sin with good deeds because God is perfect in Holiness, meaning his standard is beyond our reach. He is also perfect in Justice, meaning, he will bring EVERY sin to light. The punishment for our sin is death, and Hell; a place of Eternal Fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Fortunately God is also perfect in Love, so 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ left his throne in heaven and came to this earth. While here, he lived a perfectly righteous life, only to take the punishment that We deserved; Our sinless creator became Our sin, and endured a gruesome death on a cross for our sake. Right before he died, he said ‘it is finished’.. meaning, the debt for our sins has been paid in full. And on the third day, he defeated death and rose from the grave. So now, we can go free from the wrath of God’s judgement not by earning it, but rather, as a free gift of grace.. Except gifts can be either accepted or rejected. So this is what you must do in response; Humbly admit to God that you have sinned against him, and through gratitude in the sacrifice of his son, repent (turn away) from your old way of life. Then, confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord, your savior, and the ruler of your life from this moment forward (Romans 10:9). Do these things, and you will be saved. If you do so sincerely, God will grant you a new heart which no longer finds comfort in sin, but instead desires to read and obey his word. He will also grant you Eternal life in his presence; The greatest pleasure on earth doesn’t even come close to what God is preparing for believers in the afterlife. You’ve been informed; Now the choice is yours. What you do with this information will determine where you spend ETERNITY, meaning, this is the single most critical decision you will EVER make; And all of us here, whether believer or atheist, know deep down that every last word here is true. Jesus Christ awaits YOU this very moment. Don’t even think about sleeping tonight until you surrender your life to him, because your tomorrow isn’t guaranteed.. And as it is written (Hebrews 9 : 27); ‘It is appointed unto man ONCE to die, but after this, THE JUDGMENT’ . All glory, honor and praise to Lord Jesus Christ.

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  • "Make America great again." Every sane person: When was America great, again?

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  • JBS is one of the worst and most corrupt companies in the world...there are other full length pieces out there but yeah they are real bad and probably the industry standard. more corporate welfare made law by the GOP...

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  • Straight up. No matter where you work, your bosses and managers do NOT care about you.

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    • Excuse me John, I believe you meant to say DAME Judi Dench

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  • The rich should read Christmas Carol

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  • Yet another reason to go vegetarian.

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    • *Vegan

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  • I just want to thank the whole production team and everyone responsible for last week tonight for making free content that is incredibly educational exposing massive amounts of flaws in the systems we live in. Truly heroic in the society we live in today.

    Talon ShepardTalon Shepard7 jam yang lalu
  • A bit more protection for workers won't cut it. Not by a long shot. We got a lot more workers protection in Germany. And yet there we had multiple Meat-Factories with similar problems. Especially some with massive Covid-19 outbreaks. Outbreaks that only made the terrible working conditions in those Factories of Companies like Tönnies know to the public. Non of Germanys regulations however helped in those cases. Leading me to my point: You cannot assure that the workers in a company will have the best possible working conditions if you do not give control of the company to the workers.

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  • Land of the free, right? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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  • Oh, you need to take a toilet break? Just wear diapers and a feeding bag so you can keep working. Better yet, learn how to continue working while you're sleeping so yo never have to go home and just keep doing your job and slave away for your bosses 24/7! /s

    Ghalaghor McAllistorGhalaghor McAllistor7 jam yang lalu
  • Sad and although the facts are compelling, I’m not optimistic that there will be changes without a significant job action.

  • Holy shit I just took a test in history and we learned about this.

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  • The U.S. was and is built on the backs of slave labor? Color me surprised. Been like this for centuries. Glad you can show it off, since the fucking "news" people see everyday will continue licking the boots of whoever pays them the most (or owns them, like Sinclair)

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  • Don't eat meat, and if you do, don't eat shit meat that's cheap. Problem solved, move along.

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  • I can't even finish this video, John. 😔

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  • Looks like it's time to break out the factory farm anthem!

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    • Nice Vegan Anthem, the recording could use a little polishment tho.

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