Meatpacking: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)


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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  • Juan Hernandez
    Juan Hernandez38 mínútum síðan

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  • Blake Gentry
    Blake Gentry42 mínútum síðan

    So much truth. 6.5 years working for Tyson and after reporting a deadly situation that was handled wrong by management 4 separate times in 2 weeks with me and other coworkers lives on the line I was fired, while looking for another job, I ran into a friend who I worked with at Tyson for at least 3 to 4 years was looking for a job. When I asked what happened they said they went to their own doctor because of extreme wrist pain that they've had for 9 months straight Tyson fired that person on the spot. So Tyson didn't have to pay for their carpal tunnel surgery. Also had another friend die after company doctor rushed them back to work after an on the job injury. Doc released them to return to work the next day, that night died from blood clot from the injury. This video bought up so many experience stories about my time there. Glad I got out even if it was thrown down a slide and the corporate investigation that was started fell apart after they got rid of me and Osha said I could no longer make a claim of unsafe work conditions because I was not currently employed . O memories.

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  • Cathy Bruner
    Cathy Bruner51 mínútu síðan

    I'll never buy Tyson again

  • Arpoky: Director of Lulz
    Arpoky: Director of LulzKlukkustund síðan

    At the onset of the pandemic, a plant in Columbus Junction, IA shut down after 17 people tested positive for COVID-19. The other workers were sent to Waterloo, IA so that they wouldn't loose hours. Spoiler alert, they weren't healthy, and the Waterloo plant shut down soon after.

  • Kitsune Gemini
    Kitsune GeminiKlukkustund síðan

    This is horrific

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  • Aiza Kenzhebekova
    Aiza KenzhebekovaKlukkustund síðan

    wow greeley finally got on this show and tbh it’s in the exact context i would have expected.

  • X
    XKlukkustund síðan

    The USA is a dystopian oligarchy

  • X
    XKlukkustund síðan

    Good ol' free market capitalism! Don't you just love that freedumb??!! But actually, fuck capitalism and the psychopathy it breeds.

  • Brendan Dever
    Brendan DeverKlukkustund síðan

    Sadly the Trump Cult people won't even see this. I love you John Oliver, but no one who disagrees with you will ever watch your whole video.

  • AmandaonMaui
    AmandaonMauiKlukkustund síðan

    “Treat people in your debt like family...exploit them.” Ferengi Rule of Acquisition 111 : “Never allow family to stand in the way of profit.” Rule of Acquisition 6

    TNAT STRATKlukkustund síðan

    If you watched this video and are reading this comment please consider going vegetarian at least once a week.

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    Feral CrafterKlukkustund síðan

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  • Gohan Hitsugaya
    Gohan HitsugayaKlukkustund síðan

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  • Internet Guy
    Internet Guy2 klukkustundum síðan

    This kind of exploitation is also a good reason to tighten down on illegal immigration. I know it sounds fucked but hear me out. People who are here illegally deserve rights and deserve respect, as they are human beings. But being here illegally inherently makes them less likely to complain about mistreatment, and also makes them unable to really resort to any real legal recourse. Additionally, a constant flow of cheap(and easily frightened into compliance) labor allows these companies to get away with paying slave wages and maintaining horrible working conditions. Supply and demand. No matter how you dice it, its better for the immigrants themselves to come here legally. Closing off the border would be better for immigrants(Latino immigrants). It would lead to corporate pressure to reform immigration from these same corporations to restore the flow of cheap labor, while also ensuring that same labor was here legally and able to seek proper legal representation without fear of deportation. Call it "Malicious compliance" with the anti-immigration policies of the republicans.

  • Samantha Michael
    Samantha Michael2 klukkustundum síðan

    Shes a fucking treasure.... PERIOD!

  • mahille02
    mahille022 klukkustundum síðan

    Please stop conflating immigrants with illegal immigrants...

  • TheCrusaderBin
    TheCrusaderBin2 klukkustundum síðan

    Horrible. Too bad that the twitter snowflakes don't care about REAL people getting hurt... And that story is also why lobbying is called corruption anywhere outside of USA...

  • Internet Guy
    Internet Guy2 klukkustundum síðan

    I'd argue most workers in most larger American corporations are treated horribly and are generally exploited.

  • Ryan Hansen
    Ryan Hansen2 klukkustundum síðan

    fun to watch ppl who don't understand the world and how it works....called population overgrowth...chicken to feed the masses...if it weren't for prisons, we wouldn't have license plates...think about that.

  • jimmyjohnn19
    jimmyjohnn192 klukkustundum síðan

    Evil county

  • janine Chase-Russel
    janine Chase-Russel2 klukkustundum síðan

    The boss or CEO of a company should only be allowed to make 30% more than its employees.

  • K- Drex
    K- Drex2 klukkustundum síðan

    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.

  • Matthew Klahn
    Matthew Klahn2 klukkustundum síðan

    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.

  • Matt Doan
    Matt Doan2 klukkustundum síðan

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

    ANNEX2 klukkustundum síðan

    Comedy without crowds kinda suck ngl

  • Tony Wigton
    Tony Wigton2 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • Kyle McVay
    Kyle McVay2 klukkustundum síðan

    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...

  • Bryan
    Bryan2 klukkustundum síðan

    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.

  • J CR
    J CR2 klukkustundum síðan

    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.

  • General Delivery
    General Delivery2 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • Alfatazer _
    Alfatazer _3 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • Thomas Turner
    Thomas Turner3 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • Bob Ballou
    Bob Ballou3 klukkustundum síðan

    Brilliant, and hilarious, as always. And such an important and concerning issue. Thanks.

  • Olivia M
    Olivia M3 klukkustundum síðan

    How about..stop eating animals

  • H. H.
    H. H.3 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • Litego
    Litego3 klukkustundum síðan

    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!

  • J B
    J B3 klukkustundum síðan

    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. 🤮

  • PlayCJ
    PlayCJ3 klukkustundum síðan

    Jesus is this America or China wtf

  • Eric Lin
    Eric Lin3 klukkustundum síðan

    This is like....FOXCONN...

  • Landry 314
    Landry 3143 klukkustundum síðan

    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.

  • Susan Davis
    Susan Davis3 klukkustundum síðan

    Thank you for covering this!!!

  • Tommy
    Tommy3 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • Andy Man
    Andy Man3 klukkustundum síðan

    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.

  • Nao Nao
    Nao Nao4 klukkustundum síðan

    Since I watched this video I keep getting Tyson ads.

  • Stitch The cat
    Stitch The cat4 klukkustundum síðan

    I thought that what sailors do.

  • Concerned Geek
    Concerned Geek4 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • NoWay Yahweh
    NoWay Yahweh4 klukkustundum síðan

    Go vegan. End all this evil horrific suffering.

  • double d
    double d4 klukkustundum síðan

    Who built the cages BOE ?

  • Chloe Collyer
    Chloe Collyer4 klukkustundum síðan

    I felt personally attacked by that Emerson blended joke.

  • Granny Xanadeoux
    Granny Xanadeoux4 klukkustundum síðan

    So thankful you are working to get the truth out

  • Astro Robison
    Astro Robison4 klukkustundum síðan

    "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"

  • bzacon
    bzacon4 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • TyrannosaurusVex
    TyrannosaurusVex4 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • chaosawaits
    chaosawaits4 klukkustundum síðan

    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.

  • Dave Isaac
    Dave Isaac4 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • chaosawaits
    chaosawaits4 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • Trent8086
    Trent80864 klukkustundum síðan

    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.

  • Nico Bambino
    Nico Bambino4 klukkustundum síðan

    Another reason to go vegan

  • Osvaldo Lopez
    Osvaldo Lopez5 klukkustundum síðan

    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.

  • Mr.Zoloft
    Mr.Zoloft5 klukkustundum síðan

    what if the workers just owned the company

  • Joshua Martin
    Joshua Martin5 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • Magan Ang
    Magan Ang5 klukkustundum síðan

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  • Dk 27
    Dk 275 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • Tracy Heath
    Tracy Heath5 klukkustundum síðan

    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

  • Ken Castleberry
    Ken Castleberry5 klukkustundum síðan

    Not just meat packing but most production facilities are like this

  • concernedspectator
    concernedspectator5 klukkustundum síðan

    I love to watch this show anytime my blood feels a little too warm and not enough curdled.

  • Justin S
    Justin S6 klukkustundum síðan

    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.

  • SkieraSeven
    SkieraSeven6 klukkustundum síðan

    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.

  • SkieraSeven


    5 klukkustundum síðan

    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.

  • neohumanity
    neohumanity6 klukkustundum síðan

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

    K RIJAL6 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • Sumesh Krishnan
    Sumesh Krishnan6 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • GG41
    GG416 klukkustundum síðan

    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?

  • Christopher Pham
    Christopher Pham6 klukkustundum síðan

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  • Runner Go
    Runner Go6 klukkustundum síðan

    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.

  • RookRegent
    RookRegent6 klukkustundum síðan

    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.

  • MacTechG4
    MacTechG46 klukkustundum síðan

    What? Behind the guinea pig?

  • Anotherblackman
    Anotherblackman7 klukkustundum síðan

    John coming with the heat and I miss his audiences. He’s stuck in the void

  • João Solimeo
    João Solimeo7 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • Righteous Ryan
    Righteous Ryan7 klukkustundum síðan

    this may as well be about the majority American factory jobs

  • North American Intercontinental GP
    North American Intercontinental GP7 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • Tarek E
    Tarek E7 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • ziljin
    ziljin7 klukkustundum síðan

    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.

  • Quart05
    Quart057 klukkustundum síðan

    Same story, but replace USA with China

  • ms
    ms7 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • Michael TattooedDeadhead
    Michael TattooedDeadhead7 klukkustundum síðan

    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.

  • KingDeBasura
    KingDeBasura7 klukkustundum síðan

    Who won the bet though?

  • Sean Patterson
    Sean Patterson7 klukkustundum síðan

    Pervert owls. Woo woo!

  • liquidsnakex1 King
    liquidsnakex1 King7 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • just another commenter.
    just another commenter.7 klukkustundum síðan

    Americans being americans...

  • KG
    KG7 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • ArminiusAurus
    ArminiusAurus7 klukkustundum síðan

    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.

  • Annie Graham
    Annie Graham7 klukkustundum síðan

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  • Andrea Repetto
    Andrea Repetto8 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • FD
    FD8 klukkustundum síðan

    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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    Sam B8 klukkustundum síðan


  • zylka 1
    zylka 18 klukkustundum síðan

    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.

  • LeNa
    LeNa8 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • Erika Bisher
    Erika Bisher8 klukkustundum síðan

    Companies should not be able to obstruct the creation of unions