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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  • mizzury54
    mizzury5415 menit yang lalu

    So I wonder if things would change if "Americans " took these jobs.

  • Alison Loy
    Alison Loy20 menit yang lalu

    There was a great reason why we didn't allow industry monopolies. Our politicians and their pets are factory farming animals, workers and NOW OUR ELDERS!

  • Bertrand Zerpersande
    Bertrand Zerpersande2 jam yang lalu

    I don’t see anything wrong with betting on a number. The lottery does it. Sports bets involve two numbers. As long as they weren’t doing anything to try to manipulate the number, other than ‘downward as much as possible’, what’s the big deal? Not giving adequate breaks? THERE’S your problem!

  • ShadoeLandman
    ShadoeLandman3 jam yang lalu

    Cluckingham Palace. Now that’s 😄

  • 2Stonefly
    2Stonefly3 jam yang lalu

    12:54 KAREN'S Karens"s everywhere!!! Run and hide. Karen has overtaken Tyson!!! .

  • 2Stonefly
    2Stonefly3 jam yang lalu

    My Mom, at 16 year old, worked in a chicken processing factory back in the 1960's. To this day, she still hates eating chicken.

  • Justin Hopkins
    Justin Hopkins4 jam yang lalu

    We can thank Republicans for the poor treatment of workers.

  • Jimmy Webb
    Jimmy Webb5 jam yang lalu

    I don't buy Tyson anything because it's low grade. I had no idea they treat their workers like chickens too.

  • Harpastan Man
    Harpastan Man6 jam yang lalu

    Are the 5 thousand thumbs downs just company owners getting mad at the facts slapping them in the face? Selfish greedy fucks.

  • Bellesativa
    Bellesativa6 jam yang lalu

    Going Keto, you eat more meat fat which is more filling, less lean meat, less processed meat, spend less money on meat so you can afford to buy organic meats from local ranchers you know and trust, and lose weight without going hungry.

  • Dean Pruitt
    Dean Pruitt6 jam yang lalu

    No one wants to talk about how there’s only enough beef to supply 60% of what we’re eating there’s not enough beef on this planet to support the United States so 40% of your burger is a protein substance filler what is the filler do you know McDonald’s has their scientists who genetically make their meat taste good and add flavor they admit this what’s the flavor human DNA cow do you neither growing proteins Slery but from who and from what

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  • Hazel
    Hazel7 jam yang lalu

    Even longer term solution: End the meat industry altogether. The future is plant-based.

  • Lisa Johnson

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  • Rikki Slonce
    Rikki Slonce7 jam yang lalu

    It's stuff like this that makes me feel ashamed to be called an American. I really hope I die in another country so I don't have to make my family visit America to see me.

  • dirtbag1713
    dirtbag17137 jam yang lalu

    Sad thing is this is how it goes at any company with divided corporate and physical labor. Send the desk jockeys on 10 vacations a year while the people on the line can't take 1 sick day.

  • Liberty Springs
    Liberty Springs7 jam yang lalu

    Well, still better than factories in China🤷

  • Over Toasted
    Over Toasted8 jam yang lalu

    Simple: stop eating meat.

  • Sina Roughani
    Sina Roughani8 jam yang lalu

    So, you're saying go vegan, but your sponsors aren't letting you because they're complicit?

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  • Stragos Slizenberg
    Stragos Slizenberg8 jam yang lalu

    I was expecting the 3rd most important thing to be Adam Driver

  • Bryan Torresdey
    Bryan Torresdey9 jam yang lalu

    Just Go Vegan

  • Dimitar Dimitrov
    Dimitar Dimitrov9 jam yang lalu

    No context given on the number of employees at the factories. How do we know the % of employees contracting the & dying from the virus is more than the average for the state/country? It's numbers taken out of context.

  • Dimitar Dimitrov

    Dimitar Dimitrov

    22 menit yang lalu

    @Vaya Notaro but that's how he framed it. I want to make that conclusion on my own. I'm not saying the video is a scam, just that it could be presented a bit more independent manner

  • Vaya Notaro

    Vaya Notaro

    3 jam yang lalu

    well I feel like the fact that they're all in close proximity to each other, with no bathroom breaks, and what seems like an already unhygienic workplace- could result to something over the national average

  • Kaiannanthi
    Kaiannanthi9 jam yang lalu

    These plants are also in 'right to work' states which actively discourage any union ideation.

  • Smunstu Stinkymonster
    Smunstu Stinkymonster9 jam yang lalu

    It occurs to me that America is self-destructing... we need to spend money to solve problems but trust in the government is so low we dont really feel confident trusting them with the money.

  • Teresa Kusic
    Teresa Kusic9 jam yang lalu

    The fuck happened to Teddy Roosevelt's laws for worker safety and such in the meat packing industry. It was bad then too. He reformed laws and created laws because body parts and such were found in meat packages etc. He did this after reading "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair.. The fuck happened?

  • Helixdragon
    Helixdragon9 jam yang lalu

    Chinees company's own some of these?

  • ak0e
    ak0e10 jam yang lalu

    It's sad that America's meat is owned by China and Brazil..

  • Anduin
    Anduin10 jam yang lalu

    Friendly reminder that every single problem John listed in this video is caused by metastasized capitalism.

  • buffalo bill
    buffalo bill11 jam yang lalu

    John Oliver a twat

  • Carole Trapp
    Carole Trapp11 jam yang lalu

    It does not surprise me and yet the poor earning repub thinks this is fine. If people, who can, would quit voting for corporation control this could be stopped.

  • Damian Allen
    Damian Allen11 jam yang lalu

    Slavery truly is worse now than ever before in this country.

  • Mary Delbonis
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  • Mr Random
    Mr Random13 jam yang lalu

    Whew, thank god I live in Finland! No offence Americans, but we have decent working conditions in comparison.

  • Lady Luna Grimm
    Lady Luna Grimm14 jam yang lalu

    I refuse to buy Tyson anything its gross!! PERIOD.

  • DeRosset Myers
    DeRosset Myers15 jam yang lalu

    It's a little hard for me to feel sorry for people who work in animal agriculture, but something really needs to be done about the higher-ups who treat their floor workers so disposably. Shutting slaughterhouses and meat packing plants down and forcing their owners to change industries sounds like a good place to start.

  • Celina Skailand
    Celina Skailand15 jam yang lalu

    When they don’t care about the lives and well-being of animals, why would they care about the well-being of humans?

  • Mojo Joji
    Mojo Joji16 jam yang lalu

    I had to work with a broken hand....I’m a security guard...

  • Erik Schminke
    Erik Schminke17 jam yang lalu

    JBS's * REVENUE* was 50 Billion... revenue is not profit Their profit was roughly .2% of their revenue

  • alex aruba
    alex aruba17 jam yang lalu

    I think the true problem I'm America is most people rely on other people to survive. This is why I moved to a bigger property with the main purpose to homestead. Growing and raising your own food is something 99% of people don't want to do. Give a man a fish and they eat for one day teach them how to fish and they can eat forever. Stop blaming others for issues we can solve by not purchasing corporate products.

  • Botto Jonsey
    Botto Jonsey17 jam yang lalu

    John knows about meat packing

  • Dr. Simple Beauty 300
    Dr. Simple Beauty 30017 jam yang lalu

    That Zimmerman auctioning the gun story is more disgusting than the man peeing on the floor.

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    Clalala Tayag17 jam yang lalu

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  • Thomas Remme
    Thomas Remme17 jam yang lalu

    Yet another episode of OMFG I am so glad I don't live in the US... *sigh*

  • Zachary Lindahl
    Zachary Lindahl19 jam yang lalu

    Yay capitalism 🚩

  • TTS S
    TTS S19 jam yang lalu

    What is this man talking about? He missed his meds for weeks, it appears...

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  • Yuca Fries
    Yuca Fries21 jam yang lalu

    When did John Oliver become unfunny

  • Tierra Petersen
    Tierra Petersen21 jam yang lalu

    The meatpacking industry sounds horrible, but it's not just the meatpacking industry. It's corporate. I've had jobs where is we were busy there were no breaks. I got written up for going to the bathroom twice, while customers were waiting. I've seen people get fired because they got an injury. But I'm pretty sure the meatpackers have it worse since they are being taken advantage of if they are immigrants. But anyone that's ever worked a line knows you can't leave to piss, so it really is not surprising to me that people would were diapers, no joke, I've thought about it. People are being treated like machines in every low-level corporate job and people are treated as disposable, especially in rural places where work is hard to find.

  • Ja Ja DingDong
    Ja Ja DingDong21 jam yang lalu

    This show has really gone down hill

  • CallMe Batman
    CallMe Batman21 jam yang lalu

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  • Israfel El elyon
    Israfel El elyon23 jam yang lalu

    Treat me like a vibrator

  • jocodabest
    jocodabest23 jam yang lalu

    Go vegan.

  • ChopStickSoSushi
    ChopStickSoSushi23 jam yang lalu

    Wow I've grown up with the understanding that Oshia was basicly the Law and even misleading an investigator would get your company fined or shut down

  • Follow the white rabbit
    Follow the white rabbit23 jam yang lalu

    But tbh, stop buying a chicken for a few dollars. What do you expect... I cant even raise a egg to a hatchling for the price you pay for a full chicken,

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  • MvD
    MvDHari Yang lalu

    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 SchmidtHari Yang lalu

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

  • Sshh Quiet
    Sshh QuietHari Yang lalu

    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 RogersHari Yang lalu

    The border is extremely important to these companies bottom line

  • Aden Anthony
    Aden AnthonyHari Yang lalu

    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
    hinsonianHari Yang lalu

    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 AhernHari Yang lalu

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

  • Kfroguar
    KfroguarHari Yang lalu

    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
    SilverXTHari Yang lalu

    @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.. :'(

  • Vaya Notaro

    Vaya Notaro

    3 jam yang lalu

    Skip ahead on those parts

  • DJ I Love Music
    DJ I Love MusicHari Yang lalu

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

  • hawaiisunfun
    hawaiisunfunHari Yang lalu

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

  • Carlos Spicyweiner
    Carlos SpicyweinerHari Yang lalu

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

  • Mindset Club
    Mindset ClubHari Yang lalu

    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 ClubHari Yang lalu

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

  • Pete Hay
    Pete HayHari Yang lalu

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

  • Jen Gilbert
    Jen GilbertHari Yang lalu

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

  • WingsWithFeet
    WingsWithFeetHari Yang lalu

    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 ButtsHari Yang lalu

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

  • Vaya Notaro

    Vaya Notaro

    3 jam yang lalu

    your last name is butts

  • Brandon Oliver
    Brandon OliverHari Yang lalu

    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 GEMHari Yang lalu

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  • patrick buhr
    patrick buhrHari Yang lalu

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

  • Bouhhg Z
    Bouhhg ZHari Yang lalu

    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 KakarotHari Yang lalu

    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
    J OHari Yang lalu

    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 MajebiHari Yang lalu

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

  • Gabriela Alcantar
    Gabriela AlcantarHari Yang lalu

    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 ZupkoHari Yang lalu

    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 MervisHari Yang lalu

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

  • a krom
    a kromHari Yang lalu

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

  • William Allende
    William AllendeHari Yang lalu

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

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  • Derek L
    Derek LHari Yang lalu

    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 martynHari Yang lalu

    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 AllendeHari Yang lalu

    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!
    Ka-Pow!Hari Yang lalu

    @ 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 & StuHari Yang lalu

    OSHA where you at?

  • MsZephyra
    MsZephyraHari Yang lalu

    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 BlankHari Yang lalu

    This is why I kill Butcher and harvest my own meat

  • Sergio Ramos
    Sergio RamosHari Yang lalu

    This reminded my of "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair

  • Mr Drone
    Mr DroneHari Yang lalu

    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 hmHari Yang lalu

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