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Meatpacking: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)


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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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Follow the white rabbit

Follow the white rabbit . 4 minutes ago

You can bet on what celebreaty and politician , athelte who die next... You can litterly bet on anything, so that they are betting how many people in a factory that would get sick isent really a problem... It could actully be used as a tool to estemt. their work force...

MvD . 7 minutes ago

I've read about a foot down the list of comments; so far, no mention of meatless Mondays. We live in Pottersville (It's a Wonderful Life) and a grubby bunch of "garlic eaters" the lot of us. Capitalists depend on a docile, easily-duped populace devoid of any capacity or desire to act rationally. George Bush the afterthought confirmed this serf-building sentiment in his first State of the Union address: "Get down to Disney World in Florida," he said. "Take your families and enjoy life, the way we want it to be enjoyed." Notice he specifically doesn't say the way YOU want it to be enjoyed, which reasonably might be expected to be with a lot less meat.
John Schmidt

John Schmidt . 1 hour ago

We need a sequel to Sinclair’s, “The Jungle.”
Sshh Quiet

Sshh Quiet . 2 hours ago

It sounds like slave labor. What is needed perhaps is a revision to the Emancipation Proclamation and Append Amendments to it that state things like 1) minimum wage PLUS danger money to at least $20 per hour; 2) Workplace safety standards and breaks consistent with a civilized industrial country like the U.S.; and 3) To get rid of shambolic contractual sign-offs that essentially destroy your health, block your legal rights to compensation and even death benefits; and essentially create a violently hostile dangerous workplace environment.
Roy Rogers

Roy Rogers . 2 hours ago

The border is extremely important to these companies bottom line
Aden Anthony

Aden Anthony . 2 hours ago

I am friends with related to many plant workers. Oil companies are just as bad. in no way does the plant give a fuck about anybody there, they have had covid shut downs and lockdowns, people getting covid all the fuckin time it's ridiculous.

hinsonian . 3 hours ago

there's a book called Slaughterhouse, 2006, that covers all this. PLEASE READ. Not new, need new laws to protect people AND ANINALS. Torture is a crime
Logan Ahern

Logan Ahern . 3 hours ago

Love that they always find some funny video to go along with their sad story

Kfroguar . 3 hours ago

I'm sorry but I am still so confused about what a violent gerbil attack has to do with TV dinners. I legitimately do not understand the connection they're trying to make

SilverXT . 4 hours ago

@LastWeekTonight I need a clean version so I can show this to my students! We're learning about the industrial revolution and they need to see this! but robot fucking a soup.. can't show that.. :'(
DJ I Love Music

DJ I Love Music . 4 hours ago

Im just glad he finally quit talking about Trump man that was exhausting and I genuinely like the show

hawaiisunfun . 5 hours ago

go vegan - we don't need this video! Fire the companies with the workers
Carlos Spicyweiner

Carlos Spicyweiner . 5 hours ago

How can people not see that capitalism is beyond disgusting now? ... it's putrid.
Mindset Club

Mindset Club . 6 hours ago

That's why folks change your mindset and change your goals in life. Nobody deserves to undergo these kind of work enveironment that is modern day slavery. Fall down 7 times but stand up 8..
Mindset Club

Mindset Club . 6 hours ago

Makes you wonder who is better off the chickens or the employees?
Pete Hay

Pete Hay . 6 hours ago

just another bullshit hit piece attacking the meat industry paid for by PETA....
Jen Gilbert

Jen Gilbert . 6 hours ago

Processing 35+ chickens per min seems like an excellent way to spread antibiotic resistant campylobacter

WingsWithFeet . 6 hours ago

How about more unions instead of more regulations. Regulations are needed and useful, but don't be surprised when the OSHA can't properly protect workers, the government will always lean towards the interests of companies. We need to empower the workers!!!
Jeffrey Butts

Jeffrey Butts . 6 hours ago

This guy probably eats meat. Go vegan to take some personal responsibility.
Brandon Oliver

Brandon Oliver . 6 hours ago

I work for JBS and this is honestly the way we're treated. We're told family comes first and btw we're your only family. The virus keeps cropping up in our facility and they refuse to admit that it is in our facility.
Luna GEM

Luna GEM . 7 hours ago

As A Teacher I’d like U All To Get TheVac Before Me Cuz I’m Better Protected Only As Much As They Are Just Saying
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Destiny Emma . 7 hours ago

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patrick buhr

patrick buhr . 7 hours ago

Meat packers that rump insisted keep working with no protection must get u.s. citizenship and their families. Instantly.
Bouhhg Z

Bouhhg Z . 8 hours ago

You know - watching this segment has me thinking; with all this bickering we do with each other like opposing terrorist organizations based on political/religious philosophies & such - how IS it we've (and I mean the craziest of 'we") never gone after the owners or CEOs & their 'partners in crime' to make conditions like this a usual thing? - this is absolutely ludicrous. Its like all the laws changed to make work conditions decent back in the 1930s never happened.
Darth Kakarot

Darth Kakarot . 8 hours ago

i cant believe this guy is famous... he would rather make the problem worse then lift his finger to help....this is whats wrong with the world.... fuck this guy

J O . 8 hours ago

I used to work at a Cargill meat packing plant, one of the Union line workers asked his supervisor for a bathroom break five times over the course of an hour the supervisor yelled and screamed and wouldn't allow him to take a bathroom break. The union rep for that worker came over and also yelled and screamed at the worker to get back to work. The worker was an older man in his 60s or 70s...he tried to hold it but eventually peed his pants. More yelling and screaming at him by the union rep and the supervisor. it was one of the worst human rights violations I've ever seen at that Cargill plant. I will never work for them again.
Enesi Majebi

Enesi Majebi . 8 hours ago

Companies need to stop calling employees family. We're tired of it
Gabriela Alcantar

Gabriela Alcantar . 8 hours ago

It is really disappointing that just from the beginning of the video you said that the conditions that animals face inside this facilities are terrible, but that they are already "talked enough"... Well no, I couldn't find any single video where you talk about them and how animals are not products to be sold, so let's begin there. I totally understand that workers conditions are so bad as well, but at least this people have a voice to speak up and to act on it. Animals only have their lives and humans still take it away from them. So unfair and so sad that you John Oliver won't dig in this topic because this show is probably supported by sponsors or because your comfort zone and resistance to change won't let you do the changes that are needed for the world to improve in so many aspects, but you probably already know, I wouldn't believe that someone as smart and well prepared like you didn't know about it.
George Zupko

George Zupko . 8 hours ago

As disgusting as all of this is, read about the meat packing industry in the 1900s. The book is called "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair. This book inspired, then President Theodore Roosevelt, to establish the USFDA.
Gabriel Mervis

Gabriel Mervis . 8 hours ago

ngl I love this show, but i’ve tried to watch this episode 3 times and fallen asleep twice lmao
a krom

a krom . 8 hours ago

When he shuts up about Trump. He's pretty good.
William Allende

William Allende . 9 hours ago

What's more disgusting is the sell-out politicians with easy lives that let this happen.
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Derek L

Derek L . 9 hours ago

upton sinclair literally wrote the book on this over 100 years ago and it's still this bad
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marty martyn

marty martyn . 9 hours ago

I remember the book published in 2001, Fast Food Nation: the Dark Side of the All-American Meal. It addressed similar issues & food quality in America. Sadly, not much has changed.
William Allende

William Allende . 9 hours ago

This would work all well and good if companies hadn't since the time of Reagan being withering down on employees rights by buying legislation, congressman, senators, and presidents.

Ka-Pow! . 9 hours ago

@ 1:45 We have to protect our Team Members, the meatpacking rep said. Was he one of the ones who lobbied for workers to be ineligible for their unemployment benefits if they believed the workplace was unsafe? Or was he one of the managers who placed bets on which worked would get Covid and die? Fuck that guy, and his industry.
Eva & Stu

Eva & Stu . 9 hours ago

OSHA where you at?

MsZephyra . 9 hours ago

I knew I'd have to brace myself for this one. The blatant disregard for human rights and the extreme injustice and inequality makes my blood boil. We need to get money the hell out of politics NOW to have any hope of decent transparency and accountability.
Drew Blank

Drew Blank . 9 hours ago

This is why I kill Butcher and harvest my own meat
Sergio Ramos

Sergio Ramos . 10 hours ago

This reminded my of "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair
Mr Drone

Mr Drone . 10 hours ago

So Mr. Oliver if I were a millionaire I would not mind paying $8 a pound for chicken. The person who complains without proposing a solution is just bitching. Please offer a solution instead of complaining. Let's do a thought experiment. Let's say there are 10 workers per line, basically 5 per side of the production line. Because of social distancing there are only two workers per line instead. Is the price of chicken going to go down, remain the same, or go up. Of course the price will increase due to the reduced amount of chickens being produced for consumption. Let's also include the maintenance workers who are present every day and night working who also have to socially distance while working together. Sounds like a contradiction? It is. John wants to complain about the working conditions for people and yet does nothing...... besides complain for a profit. 📈
Meghan hm

Meghan hm . 10 hours ago

Do food service next!! Servers and back of house deserve better than the shit sandwich society forces us to gag on.
Meghan hm

Meghan hm . 10 hours ago

Do food service next!! Servers and back of house deserve better than the shit sandwich society forces us to gag on.

saintveri . 10 hours ago

Rip 🙏

meme . 10 hours ago

I knew that sam'o'nella video would come in handy!
Веско Динев

Веско Динев . 11 hours ago

Hey. HEY. Don’t kink shame. If a man enjoys paintings of fowl play, there’s nothing wrong with that. If your painting of rats fucking is okay, then so is this. I’m disappointed in you, John.

halukgulx . 11 hours ago

try not to think about the local camera crew that's filming a piece about your corporate office culture that will one day be uncomfortably juxtaposed with how appaulingly your company treats their workers in it's factories in a live show. - saving it for future me
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