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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    1. Lucid Dreamer

      You should do a story about the working conditions of nurses - especially nurses who work in hospitals.

    2. Pose Rose

      At this point Comedians, are smarter then most news casters, or hell even the Damn government.

    3. Marcus Antonius

      Cult leaders, sex offenders, church...say often something about or like we are a family. Or my family. Do not know exactly but what about R. Kelly? M. Jackson (man loved him and sometimes still do or better I feel sorry for his wonderful by press terrorized daughter)...?CPAC?

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    5. Tim Chamberlain

      I hope to someday live in a society where the economy works for humanity instead of humanity working for the economy.

    6. Jacob Penderworth

      Who thinks John should be a guest on Headspace

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    11. polarknight 537

      Out of hundreds of animal rights groups and vegetarians, this has made the strongest argument for going meat free to me.

    12. Javi Rios

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    14. Xell Sunday

      tbh If I lived in america and worked for any bigger company no matter what position I would also bet how many of my coworkers caught the virus cause no one wants to adhere to covid measurements. like what else do you do to escape this preapocalyptic hellhole.

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    17. Pashton Baha

      Man US ıs really fucked up

    18. PumpkinEskobarr

      😂🤣Chicken chips?! If you bought that you were shopping on an empty stomach.

    19. PumpkinEskobarr

      Using the “we are a family” term on a workplace is emotional manipulation tactics. Criminals do it too. Saying we all family in this money life funding situation called work. Don’t fall for it. Especially co-workers that like to refer to you as a relative like brother/sister son/daughter whatever. Titles like that on non-relatives should take years and or some significant life-impacting events to build. The ppl that put those titles on you do so as a way to emotionally control you, forcing you to be loyal, so when they mess up you think twice about reporting them or you feel compelled to cover for them. If someone you barely know well start using that family terminology, think first “did I do enough of anything to earn that from them? Did this person skip over friend and go straight to family?” Suspect! Also, another manipulation tactic, someone you barely know start revealing their secrets. Like really, we worked for 1month and you trust me? They do this so you fall for it and open up about your life. Cops do this shit when interrogating suspects. Offering up something that is worthless to them but you perceive it as valuable and think “wow this person really trusts me and opens up to me. I should reciprocate it seems safe” NOPE! And they be the same ppl quick to accuse you of “having a wall up”. Fucking mind games. My response is, “why do you think you privy to be let over that wall?”

    20. ghawkins816

      Damn kind of messed up seeing this. I've been working for Tyson for years. I work in shipping/distribution though. I have family that work in processing and they never mentioned anything like this. They do complain about the pace and schedule.

    21. blaqoD

      Wrong title. Here's the good one: "Slavery in meat factories not hold accountable"

    22. iEatEmos

      I worked at a Jennie-O, all this is true. My shoulder is permanently effed cuz of running 32+bpm. 60+% were refugees and islanders. And in the less than 2yrs I worked there someone got fingers cut off.

    23. Gregory Mcgraw

      This is no joke these warehouses like meat packing , cold food , etc are slimy as fuck ..they hire Hispanics and pay them barely above minimum wage for years (I know one girl making 8.00 an hour for 14 years) , they were you like a slave require 6 days a week 70 hours a week , upper management makes ass loads of money with great benifits , if you make a complaint or bring something up they let you go

    24. Vince F

      They’re trying to push chlorinated chicken and unregulated unsafe GMO on the UK they want nothing to do with any of that in this story for the most part is exactly why the shit we do to the chicken and other meat is not done in other countries, Despite what you’ve been told America is a shit hole country and nobody wants low quality food from this country

    25. Vince F

      People need to stop seeing corporations as a collection of people run by people people also need to stop seeing capitalism as anything other than an evil monster that needs to be satisfied by these companies the pandemic has woke a lot of people we need them more woke.

    26. Vince F

      Before workers compensation in the 1920s there were industrial corporations that would do the same thing as these chicken processing plants in that they would injure workers and make them suffer and one guy wasn’t going to hear it anymore he wouldn’t get a shotgun and blew all the supervisors away

    27. Vince F

      But when everything goes robotic you’re going to notice that you’re going to see more processed garbage foods everywhere because they’re going to be able to ramp up production with these robots, the lowest common denominator person that shops at Walmart is the problem with this

    28. Vince F

      In 10 years you will watch this and think how did we not solve this sooner, in 10 years robotic workers will process raw meats.

    29. Vince F

      This is why you go organic, as these standards aren’t applicable, organic gas more stringent safety regulation and processes.

    30. Vince F

      When any employer says that “you are family” get the fuck out of there as soon as you can, because they’re going to exploit you’re like family and not pay you

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    32. nedomedo

      Organize and unionize! That goes for workers all across the country. "The Market" will never regulate itself. When the federal and state governments cut funding for inspection agencies, they won't be able to make inspections. And when the governments make laws that prohibits inspections, and when the fines are equivalent of us paying 0.0002 cents for parking tickets, you know that the system is broken. Such working conditions, in which people get badly hurt on a daily basis, are appalling! You know how politicians and everyone keeps saying that the US is the greatest, freest and most democratic country in the world? That's simply and absolutely not true. It's the greatest for those who have money, who can buy cheap labour, without a second thought given to workers' safety and well being. You are disposable. You need to organize and unionize!

    33. luckystriker

      all outlined in the book fast food nation by eric schlosser almost 20 years ago. nothings changed.

    34. Evan Canellakis

      Those facilities are Inhumane

    35. Evan Canellakis

      Even after watching this I’m still a proud meat eater

    36. Emily An

      all the local farms and not just how the animals are treated. Thanks for this post!

    37. Utopianx8x

      Yet another reason to become vegan. Appalling

    38. C Stone

      That Perdue commercial 🤣🤣😄

    39. Thunder

      Time has not been kind to Oliver

    40. Gerald Juve Jr.

      We can 'regulate' all we want. They (the elite) will simply find the loophole, or some other 'legal' maneuver, increase prices for goods and services etc. and basically screw the working class for the plain simple reason: the ludicrously rich enjoy being that way, and no matter how much they have IT WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH!

      1. Emily An

        the machinery for humans to Process the animals Safety first slow down the greedy money machine.

    41. Sarah Hill

      In school rn, I'm learning about how in the 1890s we had these same exact problems. Shit hasn't changed.

    42. William Moffett

      You either want socialism or you are somehow using exposes like this to convince yourself you feel bad about these conditions while having no intention to do anything about them because you believe you benefit from it.

    43. Lyonel Laverde

      The 5,000 who didn't like this video support workers being treated worse than the meat at these plants.

    44. Natália Catelan

      Please make an episode about Brazil durring the pandemics

    45. Seth Orr

      Bru I'm from waterloo we get recognized when one if our dumbasses say something stupid bet

    46. Jessica Robinson

      Heavily reliant on labor trafficking where do you think all those migrants end up? Oh

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    48. Dee Negron

      America is not a country, it's a business. Money has trumped integrity, and lives. Your oppression is their profession.

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    50. missxenopus1000

      Considering how inhumanely factory farmed animals are raised and slaughtered, is it surprising that factory farm owners treat their workers poorly? Factory farms have a total disregard for life in general :-/

    51. matt fontaine

      What about Cuomo?

    52. Terry Folderson

      Its not just meat packing plants that mishandle food just take a look at the thousands of stories that come up every month from fast food employees doing every unimaginable act under the sun to the food they're serving

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    54. Mitchell Krouth

      As an employee of a meat packing in Green Bay Wisconsin on the kill floor I witnessed many bad things which you are mentioning. In the main issue is standards slow down the machinery for humans to Process the animals Safety first slow down the greedy money machine.

    55. Michael Spyridon

      Top 3 people you don't want wearing boxes on their heads while working: Neurosurgeons Airline pilots OSHA inspectors

    56. Michael Spyridon

      9:00 the nurse puts on bengay and sends you on your way and it's not even worth going. So apparently meat packing plants hire their nursing staff from the same pool of candidates as prisons and public schools.

    57. Drecon84

      I really feel bad for that man's actual family if he treats them like this.

    58. Certificate Of Vaccination I.D. 19

      America dont sound so great to me

    59. Happy Thoughts

      Sounds to me like capitalism is working at its finest

    60. Joseph Roland

      I don't care about the working conditions of illegals. They knew what they were getting into when they came here.... illegally

    61. albert mooney

      anyone read the jungle by upton sinclair?

    62. Joseph Roland

      "it's just a fun fact that I'm throwing in there for no reason" lol transparent clown. Your race-baiting is obvious

    63. VP

      I love you LWT. I appreciate your show so much that I pay for it on youtube. Unfortunately I live in Canada. So I was amazed by the fact that I have access more quickly to your content using a VPN in the US where the show is up one week earlier. Could you guys please fix this? Again thank you.

    64. Juan Contreras

      Nothing about Biden?? You are a Joke!!!

    65. L Lamoy

      I started working at one of these companies because of covid in Canada overall so far its not as bad but I haven't been working there that long so ............ idk

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    68. Jojo Toto

      American dream looks more like American nightmare ... These greedy companies want to grab more more money .These CEOs have workers' blood on their hands ...It's almost the same nightmare in European call centers and in European telecom companies

    69. Vladinek Januška

      American capitalism is fcked up game. People working on low positions are basicly slaves. No rights, no value, no future.

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    71. Yang Daily - Andrew Yang News podcast

      It is disgusting. And it's all a result of our reliance on employment for survival income creating a lever for employers to exploit workers. Go through the issues presented in this video and ask yourself, how much of this would be happening if people had a #UBI providing enough to meet their basic needs, unconditionally? Would these workers put up with this treatment? Or would they refuse such working conditions, because they can afford to, thus forcing the employers to do better? Regulations can only ever mitigate the problems created by poverty. Only eliminating poverty entirely solves these issues and so many more.

    72. rckblzr12

      Is there a legit reason why the plants put out so much food? Seems like a lot of it goes to waste in supermarkets.

    73. Ak

      6:24 lmao ironic

    74. Liana H

      He did an upton sinclair's the jungle 100 years later

    75. John Alexander Singleton

      yeah well you've never been to a casino then, prudes. Cancel the chicken nugget order, stat

    76. SpaceViking

      America slipping down the slope. Sad.

    77. Jake Skelington

      I used to hang off every word this dude said. He's just like every other media outlet. Half the truth, half misleading information. Not necessarily a lie, just misleading. On that note, this is all unfortunately very true, but doesn't describe the half of it...

    78. n3rdm4n

      > a product that is wildly popular in this country Watching woke people trying to sound smart?

    79. mydoggotshavedtoday

      There is no way around what we have to do: 1) Pay more for meat 2) EAT LESS MEAT I have been vegan for 4 years. You all don't need to go vegan, but we absolutely have to decentralize this industry. This is not new information, come on..Eat less meat, shop locally at farmers markets (if possible), vote/ communicate on/ with local politicians, and have the difficult conversations. Change happens slowly

    80. Ant Circus

      This is what happens when you have an almost completely ununionized workforce and if they have a union it's too weak to do anything.

    81. Numinous Nihil

      Waiting for libertarians to wax about how free markets will set us free

    82. Michael Johanson

      11:10 bathroom looking like the weeknd halftime show

    83. Wedding DJ Rob Soundz

      Or we could fix our broken food system altogether and move towards more plant-based, which is not only healthier, more just and better for our struggling planet but which would solve the problems explained in this video as a mere side-effect.

    84. Manvir Singh

      I've been following you for years!!!!! When would you make a video about farmer protests in India? Ignore if you already have :)

    85. Johnny_Island

      Automated machines can build cars but can't pack meat?

    86. Some Guy From The Internet

      The show has always been preachy and extremely biased, but since the doing it in the void bit...it has been worse, to a point I can't even watch anymore. Maybe this clip talking about something that isn't Trump and republicans is a sign the show is going back to being more informative instead of just another show of people's angry opinions.

      1. Vergin Meats

        The don’t

    87. jonescity

      Even though this was a somber subject there was soooo many opportunities for Adam Driver jokes here...I was half expecting it.

    88. Zakkuya

      The industry that treats lives as a product doesn't care about its workers?? Whaaat??? I'm all for John's suggestions of strongly regulating these factories, but realistically, this industry needs to lose its subsidies and fade out.

    89. Joan Harrison

      Thank you, John Oliver, for bringing the evils of meatpacking to light. For more information on meatpacking, including what the animals suffer leading up to it, read Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry, by Karen Davis, and Slaughterhouse, by Gail A. Eisnitz.

    90. Richard Kuklinski

      “Meatpacking” is what John Oliver does with other men every night.

    91. Moon Memento

      it's totally our country.

    92. Nob ody

      Batheooms: u go before u start work and on ur break even if u dont have to go. That's how u train ur body when it's time to go. Hands hurt: take some tylenol. Construction works always hurt. That's what we do.

    93. Harmony Mitcham

      I would never work a job that didnt allow you time to go to the bathroom, its ridiculous that people allow this, I understand the need for money but honestly its not worth it, your safety and health is more important.

    94. thecraftycreeper

      I'm in Iowa and I'm disgusted at Tysons for this and also I'm surprised i did not hear about this sooner and the reason i am so disgusted is not only the behavior but also since pork incredibly important to Iowa since it is the corn and pork state and this behavior in a pork packing factory is unacceptable especially in Iowa

    95. Steven Evans

      GOD BLESS AMERICA

    96. George State

      16:21.. now fore real.. how the fuck can a funeral cost more than 15k USD or whatereve the fk currency you want to convert to ?!?!?!

    97. BanXxX69

      05:39 I think I just lost my faith in humanity knowing these things are already happening in a 2nd world country...

    98. Luis Tarantini

      I dont know who unironically would watch this clown.

    99. Drops2cents

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    100. BanefulLeaf x

      Thank God I'm not from the States😖