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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  • The tyson plant in my home county in Indiana was also a hotspot for covid back in the beginning. My dad used to work for these companies. Im so appalled at how horrible people can be.

    LenaLena3 години тому
  • The real reason we allow illegal immigration. Did you think it was b/c we sympathized? You offer corporations illegal employees, you're going to get illegal working conditions. The illegal labor dries up, then they're forced to raise standards.

    MickyAvStickyHandsMickyAvStickyHands3 години тому
  • You know what would help with all those mistreatments of workers in the US? Unions. Proper Unions who have power. It sure as hell works for many wealthy European countries.

    Ashooka ManuelaAshooka Manuela3 години тому
  • From someone who worked at a Tyson plant, this is absolutely spot on. I can't even explain how bad conditions can be at these places and I not sure I want to.

    Patrick HoscheidPatrick Hoscheid3 години тому
  • I can’t believe this is happening in this country.. Corrupt politicians supported by Greedy Industrialists is the cause of worker exploitation.. A well informed society (public) can stop this in the future & I believe a good education system can is the base to every thing..

    Srinu SuperwizSrinu Superwiz3 години тому
  • Some people in this country like to say that immigrants, particularly Mexicans, will take your jobs. Seriously, how many U.S. citizens are willing to work in one of those meat processing plants?

    Lori LennyLori Lenny3 години тому
  • I love john Oliver videos they're like 35% of the story and 10% comedy

    EthenawastakenEthenawastaken3 години тому
  • low IQ jobs low skill jobs and they complaining lol

    john jonesjohn jones3 години тому
  • You should read the book every twelve seconds its about a slaughter house. Its despicable the way the workers and the animals are treated.

    Jennifer HizzyJennifer Hizzy3 години тому
  • We really need our own version of the French Revolution, but instead of the guillotine, people should be drawn and quartered so anyone in the future who considers doing this again will be scared shitless by the consequences of their actions.

    XX7XX73 години тому
  • Welcome to America. Where big business owns OUR/YOUR government. Period.

    David JDavid J3 години тому
  • Pets go above family John.

    SinclairelimSinclairelim3 години тому
  • Go vegan and you can eliminate all of this...

    Grant SeifermanGrant Seiferman3 години тому
  • Yep, all because you want to have unregulated open borders, so there is always a new warm body to take the place of a worker, drive down wages nation wide and prevent unionization.

    TornadoADVTornadoADV3 години тому
  • I used to be a federal meat inspector in the large high speed beef slaughter establishments in SW Kansas. My plants that I inspected at ran an average of 375-390 beef an hour. They don't treat the line inspectors any better than the plant workers. Years later, I've lost 30% of the function of my left hand that operates a node hook to check lymph nodes. My right hand, my dominant hand and my knife hand goes numb a lot. We lost federal meat inspectors to from COVID-19 and I knew one of the ones who died who inspected at Dodge City, KS. If you want to jump us for line speed, don't blame the ones who inspect on the line, blame Dr. Elizabeth Hagen and Paul Kieker, the heads of USDA FSIS. I remember in order to get through a nights kill of 2700 beef, I'd take 8 ibuprofen, 3 Adderall and that was before dinner. Before the second half, wash, rinse, repeat. I'd come home so sore that I'd scream in my sleep. My dreams were of the line. I'd work 10-11 hr days six days a week and would only bring home 1400 every two weeks. Welcome to hell. It's not just pork and poultry.

    Jennifer BrdarJennifer Brdar3 години тому
  • All this stuff needs to be automated.

    Ken HavensKen Havens3 години тому
  • I would love to believe that this country could do better but our politicians will sooner vacation in Cancun during state wide emergencies than lift a finger to help us

    Geeky CastilloGeeky Castillo3 години тому
  • The meat industry is terrible in so many ways. Please don't support it! There are marvelous vegan versions of virtually every type of food imaginable. All of then nutrients we need in order to thrive can be obtained more healthfully, humanely, and environmentally responsibly from plant sources - and deliciously, too!

    Mary FinelliMary Finelli3 години тому
  • R.E.M already warned us Decades ago with a tune "It's The End of the World as We Know It"....

    Encarnacion VillazanaEncarnacion Villazana3 години тому

    Jennifer HizzyJennifer Hizzy3 години тому
  • Cant believe they exploit imigrants like that , they know they can't complain to anyone

    Y DorsnerY Dorsner3 години тому
  • Namaste 😅Oh John Oliver I love you

    alumpyhorsealumpyhorse3 години тому
  • “preventable diseases kill off half our population. And even if science were allowed to try, it could do little, because the majority of human beings are not yet human beings at all, but simply machines for the creating of wealth for others. They are penned up in filthy houses and left to rot and stew in misery, and the conditions of their life make them ill faster than all the doctors in the world could heal them; and so, of course, they remain as centers of contagion, poisoning the lives of all of us, and making happiness impossible for even the most selfish. For this reason I would seriously maintain that all the medical and surgical discoveries that science can make in the future will be of less importance than the application of the knowledge we already possess, when the disinherited of the earth have established their right to a human existence.” ― Upton Sinclair, The Jungle

    Gary ManleyGary Manley3 години тому
  • Aq9

    Daniel LemaDaniel Lema3 години тому
  • Stopping just short of telling everyone to stop buying meat till these plants got their "family" business in order because no law suit hurts more than the one from Agriculture. They sued Oprah, they sure as hell would sue Oliver.

    Paulette EmersonPaulette Emerson3 години тому
  • In Germany, one of the biggest outbreaks of COVID was also in a meat packing factory. Not even a coincidence, everyone just treats their meat industry equally shitty, just to have chicken cost $1.

    smonge 98smonge 983 години тому
  • Whalecum back

    Jason TheobaldJason Theobald3 години тому
  • Bloody hell. Eating meat in the US comes with some seriously questionable background. It's enough to make you turn veggie.

    Ben VostBen Vost3 години тому
  • Profits First Safety Last has always been most corporations moto.

    D BankaD Banka3 години тому
  • my trans ass saw the title and thought of something else

    Lloyd ScottLloyd Scott3 години тому
  • Thank you, John and everyone at Last Week Tonight, for covering stories like this. Love you guys.

    Kelly YoungKelly Young3 години тому
  • your country is a mess

    high240high2403 години тому
  • I don't think I ever wanted to see a reboot of Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle" and hopefully I never do again

    Declan Handley-ByrneDeclan Handley-Byrne3 години тому
  • @11:50 Really makes you wonder why Tesla moved to Texas...

    MidnitteMidnitte3 години тому
  • dont know the worst of it...there was a major lawsuit in Trussville Alabama over male employees at tyson jerkin off in the was filed by female employees at tyson..around 20 yrs ago..true

    Joan McCrelessJoan McCreless3 години тому
  • Come and investigate Nicholas Meats in Loganton. You wanna see hell come on in we'll give you a job lol

    Kyle MarrowKyle Marrow3 години тому
  • Hey John, why don’t you do a story about hunter Biden’s lap top you ugly tool!!

    FillUmUppFillUmUpp3 години тому
  • When you brainwash people since they were children, that this is the best there is and every other place in the world is worst, that is exactly what you get. "The worst day in America is the best everywhere else". So nobody complains. Even when 95% of convictions are not delivered by a jury, nobody complains. When you face bankruptcy because you fell ill and visited a hospital, nobody complains. When the water in the pipes is poisonous, nobody complains. When the insulin your life depends on is sold to you ten and twenty times more expensive than everywhere else, nobody complains. That is what brainwashing does to people.

    JakeJake3 години тому
  • "Race to the bottom" implies that we haven't already hit bedrock. Optimistic.

    TotallyNotRedneckYallTotallyNotRedneckYall3 години тому
  • Eat less meat

    Lisa SunLisa Sun3 години тому
  • If Oliver comes up missing. Tyson did it.

    MrDiscreet100MrDiscreet1003 години тому
  • Hey john oliver can you share some of your millions of dollars of wealth to the poor folks that work at meat factories?

    Jack SmithJack Smith3 години тому
  • 20 year's from now it'll be machines 🤖

    Thomas TorrenceThomas Torrence3 години тому
  • A shame that not much has changed since Upton Sinclair published The Jungle.

    MidnitteMidnitte3 години тому
  • Thank you for covering this topic. Shame on these companies. I am glad I turned plant-based two years ago, I hope others can try it too 💪🏼

    Yash MuthiyanYash Muthiyan3 години тому
  • Working for corporations is kind of like being in an abusive relationship.

    Valeria GarciaValeria Garcia3 години тому
  • The coincidence of this episode dropping just when I recently started working in a meatpacking factory Edit: so far, the factory I work in is really good with safety and have supervisor assistants who can step in if someone needs the restroom. The on-site nurse problem is accurate though

    sylvie sorrowsylvie sorrow3 години тому
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    Pam MartinPam Martin3 години тому
  • I like that he didn't use Judi Dench's royal title.

    Noah DillonNoah Dillon3 години тому
  • DONT

    Do Not Look At My ChannelDo Not Look At My Channel3 години тому
  • This is what happens when republicans are allowed to hold office.

    Moe ReeseMoe Reese3 години тому
  • Read Joseph Conrad,, those people have always been about themselves,,

    Carl GarciaCarl Garcia3 години тому
  • I wonder what my union is doing for these folks-I’m a member of UFCW and I work at a grocery store but I know my union represents meatpacking workers as well-I wonder what the conditions are like at union plants

    Ryan WallaceRyan Wallace3 години тому
    • There are “meat cutters” at a grocery store of which I work. Then there are NON UNION meat packers which is what this story is about

      P RP R3 години тому
  • DONT'T WORRY! THE INVISIBLE HAND OF THE MARKET WILL FIX THIS. There really is nothing to worry about. The system is working as intended. Those workers are all jsut lazy. It is obvious. There is no class struggle. Now check out this sweet new product to get your mind off of this...

    YoubetternowatchthisYoubetternowatchthis3 години тому
  • Wtf is this?

    Eye of the LiarEye of the Liar3 години тому
  • BTW Smithfield poultry is Chinese owned. Just saying if you work at a factory with an in house first aid station that is not a good place to be

    P RP R3 години тому
  • John wants to sleep with soup now? Man why does he always talks about his kinks on here?

    Nick BroomhallNick Broomhall3 години тому
  • Lobbying must stop.

    Gonzalo MenesesGonzalo Meneses3 години тому
  • treating slaves bad is religous freedom of the masteranimal

    herbert feuerste1nherbert feuerste1n3 години тому
  • In case you missed it, "perform an exorcism, Jim, or get the fuck out of their house." Y'all's words are gems.

    My NameMy Name3 години тому
  • Another reason to stop eating meat.

    Moe ReeseMoe Reese3 години тому
  • Well chic fil let is doing just fine

    Bill SulliBill Sulli3 години тому
  • I used to work at a turkey processing plant in jasper Indiana years ago, no clue if it's still open. It was hell, and just walking to your work station could be very dangerous. You also only got one free very thin plastic apron a, one set of ear plugs they expected you to tie to your hardhat, cheap arm sleeves to protect you from knives and keep you clean, along with a number other small things that broke easily. And if you wanted to replace them before the week was up, because it was easy for these things to be damaged, you got your pay doct. They are terrible places to work, and they need to be shut down and reworked.

    GameMasterCoolDudeGuyGameMasterCoolDudeGuy3 години тому
  • I am guessing the meatpacking companies are located in anti-union, right to work Republican States. The system is not broken it is just fixed for others.

    Dave WitterDave Witter3 години тому

    ANDRES CatellaANDRES Catella3 години тому
  • In Germany, we have similar problems with our largest meat producers! High levels of infection among the workers, horrific working conditions and no insight among the company owners. In addition, the workers, mostly Romanians, are still struggling with wage dumping and terrible housing!

    Smoker AceSmoker Ace3 години тому
  • here we go. Guess I’m never eating meat again. & I’m only 1.5 minutes in

    alumpyhorsealumpyhorse3 години тому
    • so that took a turn. OSHA solutions, let’s get on this

      alumpyhorsealumpyhorse3 години тому
  • So far this year, we're 2 for 2 on LWT circling around the topic of vegetarianism/veganism without actually discussing it. I'm honestly expecting this to be the first ever LWT season-long plot arc, and its first ever plot twist. Weeks from now, John will be like, guess what? Tonight we're gonna not gonna talk about a big problem! We're gonna talk about a SOLUTION which would directly impact EVERY issue we've talked about this year! Most of us should be eating a lot less meat! No, really! And I'm not even going to be surprised because I respect these people so much. I decided to start reducing my meat consumption years ago because it's one of the best ways to reduce your individual carbon footprint, and we haven't covered that yet. And (as many vegans here in the comments have pointed out) there's an animal cruelty angle too. Farming big mammals for their meat is a really inefficient way to use land and get calories, so it contributes to world hunger. I've never done much research into the health effects of vegetarianism vs pescatarianism vs veganism, but I'd love to learn about them here! My point is there's a lot of material here that's right up this show's alley, and I think it would be really cool if we ended up with a big twist like that later on in the season!

    Kate HartKate Hart3 години тому
  • I'm only four minutes in and I'm already certain your meat industry is as disgusting as ours. Greetings from Germany.

    WalnussPowerWalnussPower3 години тому
  • Welcome to China

    Luis PereiraLuis Pereira3 години тому
  • 💩 🙉🙈👎💩 used to actually love this show

    Joshua HammerJoshua Hammer3 години тому
  • Then the same day this comes out I go to work and pilgrims/JBS tells me that , they aren't going to honor their policy of guaranteed hours. In which if for any reason the plant gets shut down we will still get paid. In texas the snow storm came through and we couldn't work last week then come back to be told we wont be paid and we have to work extra days to make up for the down time. So, expect all these issues to be more abundant in the next month or 2.

    Huvie07Huvie073 години тому
  • go vegan guys

    Elle WuElle Wu3 години тому
  • Not me eating meat while Im watching this... yeaaaah this might be the last time for a while

    AniiAnii3 години тому
  • Upton Sinclair wrote The Jungle over 100 years ago about similar working conditions in the meat packing industry.

    Sue ShermanSue Sherman3 години тому
  • Feels like John Oliver is grasping for opportunities to drop f-bombs. It's almost distracting.

    Rambo4505Rambo45053 години тому
  • I just realized I didn't eat meat today.

    Stephen MulkeyStephen Mulkey3 години тому
  • I remembering reading about the awful conditions of meatpacking workplaces in the book "Fast Food Nation" a few years back. I'm surprised it's not talked about as much... love John Oliver for talking about this. I remember reading about a McDonald's meatpacker employee being treated so incredibly bad after being disabled on site(I think something along the lines of being fired without any compensation)... it literally made me cry and i still think about that worker to this day...

    Natalie ChaNatalie Cha3 години тому
  • That betting pot is in fact surprisingly abhorrent, even though I already had heard of meat plants in the US, but it goes also quite well with the sidebar of the news channel counting COVD cases and deaths. "Ladies and gentlemen, trick question. Knowing that the United States of America accounts for 5% of the world's general population, where do they weigh for 20% of the world population? Is it people in jail, or COVID cases and deaths? Well, the answer was both!"

    John King SizeJohn King Size3 години тому
  • 18:27 - it made me gag in front of my children.

    CCJJ160ChannelsCCJJ160Channels3 години тому
  • usa is a failed project. disband pls

    p1pep1pe3 години тому
  • And let's talk about meat and it's contribution of about 50% of the greenhouse gasses. If we keep (m)eating meat like this, we don't have to worry about the workers, because we all be dead.

    phalexa skyphalexa sky3 години тому
  • For some reason, this segment reminds me of "The Meatrix" videos.

    MotormasterMotormaster3 години тому
  • meatpacking is when amab drag queens tuck

    vundabarfan42vundabarfan423 години тому
  • US never abolished slavery, it took just another form

    Stewie GriffinStewie Griffin3 години тому
  • This is why I don't eat meat or dairy or any animal ag product

    rightoff95rightoff953 години тому
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    Erin AndrusErin Andrus3 години тому
  • Please shut up Oliver. Those of us who actually work in the healthcare field know that covered is a scam. It's a scam Oliver yes it exists. But we haven't had a case of Corona and almost 5 months. At least in the hospital I work at which is the 6th biggest Hospital in the country. So don't play with me little man you're a propagandist some of your videos are well-researched but your main appeal is propaganda that's all it is

    NARROWNARROW3 години тому
  • Reminds me of Tönnies and others in Germany.

    Christian GoschChristian Gosch3 години тому
  • Exactly what's been on everyone's mind lately. Thank you for providing great journalism.

    Paige WelchPaige Welch3 години тому
  • China is a backward country! China has had a cultural revolution! Limit the rights of the people to speak! Should we in the United States learn from China to limit the rights of the people to speak! Be as backward as China and destroy democracy!

    jie lijie li3 години тому
  • Management always gets the benefits.

  • John Oliver would know a lot about meatpacking.

    Virtual Martini ShortsVirtual Martini Shorts3 години тому
  • What's awful is this all started in 2018ish when Trump (unsurprisingly) cut federal standards and regulations for health, safety, hygienic workplace conditions, and more. He declawed unionization laws, and it wouldn't surprise me that these plant workers aren't union.

    Bradford ChoungBradford Choung3 години тому
  • When is he gonna talk about Biden/Harris? Apparently there's literally nothing wrong with them? He's talked about Trump's bowel movements for the past 4 years. His lefty transparency is really astounding. Not surprised. Cuomo, Lemon, every single late night moron. 🤷🏿‍♂️

    YoungManDubYoungManDub3 години тому
  • Ever read "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair? We're heading back to those days...

    Himax9Himax93 години тому
  • مين جي من داليا صبري 😂😂😂

    YoonbiYoonbi3 години тому
  • “Congrats to everyone who is early and who found this comment.”❤️

    I’m Legit Subbbing To Everyone Who Subbs To MeI’m Legit Subbbing To Everyone Who Subbs To Me3 години тому
  • Christian fundy slipping people bribes and acting horrendously, it is starting to sound way too familiar. Can't we just face it, christianity is at best away for people to "seem" nice and at worst an excuse to be nasty.

    mugogrogmugogrog3 години тому