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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  • 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

    Gregory McgrawGregory McgrawIl y a 12 minutes
  • 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

    Vince FVince FIl y a 39 minutes
  • 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.

    Vince FVince FIl y a 40 minutes
  • 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

    Vince FVince FIl y a 46 minutes
  • 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

    Vince FVince FIl y a 49 minutes
  • 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.

    Vince FVince FIl y a 51 minute
  • This is why you go organic, as these standards aren’t applicable, organic gas more stringent safety regulation and processes.

    Vince FVince FIl y a 55 minutes
  • 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

    Vince FVince FIl y a 58 minutes
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    Alice FulcherAlice FulcherIl y a heure
  • 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!

    nedomedonedomedoIl y a heure
  • all outlined in the book fast food nation by eric schlosser almost 20 years ago. nothings changed.

    luckystrikerluckystrikerIl y a heure
  • Those facilities are Inhumane

    Evan CanellakisEvan CanellakisIl y a 2 heures
  • Even after watching this I’m still a proud meat eater

    Evan CanellakisEvan CanellakisIl y a 2 heures
  • all the local farms and not just how the animals are treated. Thanks for this post!

    Emily AnEmily AnIl y a 3 heures
  • Yet another reason to become vegan. Appalling

    Utopianx8xUtopianx8xIl y a 4 heures
  • That Perdue commercial 🤣🤣😄

    C StoneC StoneIl y a 5 heures
  • Time has not been kind to Oliver

    ThunderThunderIl y a 8 heures
  • 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!

    Gerald Juve Jr.Gerald Juve Jr.Il y a 8 heures
    • the machinery for humans to Process the animals Safety first slow down the greedy money machine.

      Emily AnEmily AnIl y a 3 heures
  • In school rn, I'm learning about how in the 1890s we had these same exact problems. Shit hasn't changed.

    Sarah HillSarah HillIl y a 9 heures
  • 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.

    William MoffettWilliam MoffettIl y a 9 heures
  • The 5,000 who didn't like this video support workers being treated worse than the meat at these plants.

    Lyonel LaverdeLyonel LaverdeIl y a 11 heures
  • Please make an episode about Brazil durring the pandemics

    Natália CatelanNatália CatelanIl y a 12 heures
  • Bru I'm from waterloo we get recognized when one if our dumbasses say something stupid bet

    Seth OrrSeth OrrIl y a 12 heures
  • Heavily reliant on labor trafficking where do you think all those migrants end up? Oh

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

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  • 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 :-/

    missxenopus1000missxenopus1000Il y a 14 heures
  • What about Cuomo?

    matt fontainematt fontaineIl y a 14 heures
  • 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

    Terry FoldersonTerry FoldersonIl y a 16 heures
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  • 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.

    Mitchell KrouthMitchell KrouthIl y a 16 heures
  • Top 3 people you don't want wearing boxes on their heads while working: Neurosurgeons Airline pilots OSHA inspectors

    Michael SpyridonMichael SpyridonIl y a 16 heures
  • 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.

    Michael SpyridonMichael SpyridonIl y a 16 heures
  • I really feel bad for that man's actual family if he treats them like this.

    Drecon84Drecon84Il y a 17 heures
  • America dont sound so great to me

    Certificate Of Vaccination I.D. 19Certificate Of Vaccination I.D. 19Il y a 17 heures
  • Sounds to me like capitalism is working at its finest

    Happy ThoughtsHappy ThoughtsIl y a 17 heures
  • I don't care about the working conditions of illegals. They knew what they were getting into when they came here.... illegally

    Joseph RolandJoseph RolandIl y a 17 heures
  • anyone read the jungle by upton sinclair?

    albert mooneyalbert mooneyIl y a 18 heures
  • "it's just a fun fact that I'm throwing in there for no reason" lol transparent clown. Your race-baiting is obvious

    Joseph RolandJoseph RolandIl y a 18 heures
  • 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.

    VPVPIl y a 18 heures
  • Nothing about Biden?? You are a Joke!!!

    Juan ContrerasJuan ContrerasIl y a 20 heures
  • 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

    L LamoyL LamoyIl y a 20 heures
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    Chistian WhiteChistian WhiteIl y a 21 heure
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  • 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

    Jojo TotoJojo TotoIl y a 23 heures
  • American capitalism is fcked up game. People working on low positions are basicly slaves. No rights, no value, no future.

    Vladinek JanuškaVladinek JanuškaIl y a 23 heures
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    nathanial merwinnathanial merwinIl y a jour
  • 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.

    Yang Daily - Andrew Yang News podcastYang Daily - Andrew Yang News podcastIl y a jour
  • Is there a legit reason why the plants put out so much food? Seems like a lot of it goes to waste in supermarkets.

    rckblzr12rckblzr12Il y a jour
  • 6:24 lmao ironic

    AkAkIl y a jour
  • He did an upton sinclair's the jungle 100 years later

    Liana HLiana HIl y a jour
  • yeah well you've never been to a casino then, prudes. Cancel the chicken nugget order, stat

    John Alexander SingletonJohn Alexander SingletonIl y a jour
  • America slipping down the slope. Sad.

    SpaceVikingSpaceVikingIl y a jour
  • 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...

    Jake SkelingtonJake SkelingtonIl y a jour
  • > a product that is wildly popular in this country Watching woke people trying to sound smart?

    n3rdm4nn3rdm4nIl y a jour
  • 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

    mydoggotshavedtodaymydoggotshavedtodayIl y a jour
  • 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.

    Ant CircusAnt CircusIl y a jour
  • Waiting for libertarians to wax about how free markets will set us free

    Numinous NihilNuminous NihilIl y a jour
  • 11:10 bathroom looking like the weeknd halftime show

    Michael JohansonMichael JohansonIl y a jour
  • 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.

    Wedding DJ Rob SoundzWedding DJ Rob SoundzIl y a jour
  • I've been following you for years!!!!! When would you make a video about farmer protests in India? Ignore if you already have :)

    Manvir SinghManvir SinghIl y a jour
  • Automated machines can build cars but can't pack meat?

    Johnny_IslandJohnny_IslandIl y a jour
  • 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.

    Some Guy From The InternetSome Guy From The InternetIl y a jour
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      Vergin MeatsVergin MeatsIl y a jour
  • Even though this was a somber subject there was soooo many opportunities for Adam Driver jokes here...I was half expecting it.

    jonescityjonescityIl y a jour
  • 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.

    ZakkuyaZakkuyaIl y a jour
  • 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.

    Joan HarrisonJoan HarrisonIl y a jour
  • “Meatpacking” is what John Oliver does with other men every night.

    Richard KuklinskiRichard KuklinskiIl y a jour
  • it's totally our country.

    Moon MementoMoon MementoIl y a jour
  • 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.

    Nob odyNob odyIl y a jour
  • 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.

    Harmony MitchamHarmony MitchamIl y a jour
  • 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

    thecraftycreeperthecraftycreeperIl y a jour
  • GOD BLESS AMERICA

    Steven EvansSteven EvansIl y a jour
  • 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 ?!?!?!

    George StateGeorge StateIl y a jour
  • 05:39 I think I just lost my faith in humanity knowing these things are already happening in a 2nd world country...

    BanXxX69BanXxX69Il y a jour
  • I dont know who unironically would watch this clown.

    Luis TarantiniLuis TarantiniIl y a jour
  • Gee, that guinea pig acts quite like my two toms when they're playfully fighting and chasing each other on the lawn around our house! :-)

    Drops2centsDrops2centsIl y a jour
  • Thank God I'm not from the States😖

    BanefulLeaf xBanefulLeaf xIl y a jour
  • When a company says we're family, RUN!

    BanefulLeaf xBanefulLeaf xIl y a jour
  • No surprise that an industry that commodifies animal life for profit cares little for the lives of its human employees. Treating them as disposable inputs. While pretending they're "family".. An abusive family. This is why I switched to eating plants . Preserve your humanity and conscience.

    Tharun SontiTharun SontiIl y a jour
  • Disclaimer: I'm a vegetarian with vegan leanings. I am not against people eating meat, per se, but I am definitely against animal death camps and related processes. Clearly, it is bad for the animals, that's a no-brainer, but rather than wanting to point my finger at meat eaters, I would invite them to get their meat produce from more ethical sources. Sure, it will be more expensive, but less meat in your diet is healthier for you and better for the environment and ultimately better for the demographics that end up in the squalid jobs (faux slavery) shown here.

    Emma SayersEmma SayersIl y a jour
  • John Oliver is garbage.

    Kyle KnightKyle KnightIl y a jour
    • Ok? why did you feel the need to leave this comment instead of just not watching his videos

      Cdsnz 23Cdsnz 23Il y a jour
    • @Anurag Chakraborty i used to like his segments but his comedy just dont do it anymore unfortunately. Idk just my opinion

      Kyle KnightKyle KnightIl y a jour
    • Why? This video doesn't have much of a political side to it.

      Anurag ChakrabortyAnurag ChakrabortyIl y a jour
  • The US = 3rd world

    Fakn LarsFakn LarsIl y a jour
  • You can replace the owl with John Oliver's picture and no one would even know the difference 😂

    Meban KharkongorMeban KharkongorIl y a jour
  • The comedy writing on this show has really gone to shit, but the content is still interesting....even if nothing will ever change.

    Laine La CavaLaine La CavaIl y a jour
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    Frank ZhuFrank ZhuIl y a 2 jours
  • Shit just left me speechless. Just.. wtf.

    Linda JohnLinda JohnIl y a 2 jours
  • I won't stay in a company if my boss starts the speech with ' we are a family'. No I am not, I am here for money. 🤷🏻

    Velvet ThunderVelvet ThunderIl y a 2 jours
  • I just wanted to say it was a sad move to feature the old man dying of covid just to push your point. Really low. The man must have been close to 80 already, just to feature him to push your cause. So low. Not funny at all.

    Bee VBee VIl y a 2 jours
  • Is this still a comedy show?

    Bee VBee VIl y a 2 jours
  • I thought slavery was abolished in America 155 years ago? Some world leader😧😧😧😧😧😧

    Mamanicole IMamanicole IIl y a 2 jours
  • I stopped eating tyson back in 2009. It always made my stomach upset and i just think that chicken should not be that big. One chicken breast can be cut into 4, or if you are really hungry 2. No matter how much you season it tasted like rubbery crap.

    Pearl The SpinsterPearl The SpinsterIl y a 2 jours
  • Do a segment on teacher’s union!

    Wayne TanWayne TanIl y a 2 jours
  • i watch this what can we do? instead of bozos storming the capital for stupid reasons storm the capital for reasons like this!

    SekaiSekaiIl y a 2 jours
  • John! Please cover the Myanmar situation, we all need to hear about it

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    Agnes BurtonAgnes BurtonIl y a 2 jours
  • I'm glad to see that our gov't changed so much ever since Upton Sinclair wrote about the horrors of the meat-packing industry in 1904... What...? Oh... Nevermind...

    DeepFried OhioGravyDeepFried OhioGravyIl y a 2 jours
  • Grateful that a horrendous colonoscopy 14 years ago made me go plant-based. I got to thinking about fast food. What if meat cost, say $50 for 1/4 lb of whatever? Then the very people who can’t afford to have Type ll Diabetes, heart disease, etc. would find that eating whole-food-plant-based 99% of the time would eliminate those diseases. Three films (no judgement!!!) I’d recommend include “What the Health,” “The Game Changers,” and “Forks Over Knives.”

    Sandy DillerSandy DillerIl y a 2 jours
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