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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    Halcyon Herascarter

    the jungle was written 115 yrs ago by the way

  • M Balazs
    M Balazs

    1:06 correction humans are the top of the food chain :D I love this show

  • DoubleComplex

    Just had a fight with some asshole conservative who says people should find employment elsewhere if they don't like how their employer treats them. This clip couldn't be more relevant to why human rights are essential to the labor force.

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  • Aayden Finnigan
    Aayden Finnigan

    Every lobbyist looks the same lol

    • niduoe stre
      niduoe stre

      But I thought capitalism was the best?? Don’t like their working conditions? Then don’t work there and don’t buy their products. “Sarcasm”

  • 357CLOUDY Black Feather
    357CLOUDY Black Feather

    Which are better than the other?

    • niduoe stre
      niduoe stre

      dumpster fire america. start a war and china will invade you instant.

  • Justin Opperman
    Justin Opperman

    All big business manual labor jobs operate this way. It is the American Way!

  • TomyLobo

    Americans, this is why your chicken are chlorinated and why we don't want them.

  • American Citizen
    American Citizen

    Thank you john Oliver! Love the owl note, the deity is prominent in the ruling elites reverence.

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  • Petar Dragiyski
    Petar Dragiyski

    No body care for those workers and that will not change and no matter how much noise there is no body cares. I worked in the UK for a stock take company on a so called "0 hours" contract and sometimes I was working for more then 30 consecutive days without a day off, many times my shifts were longer then 16 hours without been paid extra time and with a total disregard to health and safety.

  • Nicolin Rucker
    Nicolin Rucker

    Me:wait, why would immigrants be reluctant to report problems with employment... ohhhh, he means "undocumented immigrants"... right.

  • Danny Beane
    Danny Beane

    Not sure how I should feel that when he mentioned "other employees well being" and showed a woman my mind immediately went to sexual harassment.

  • Dave Neave
    Dave Neave

    as someone who used to work for a JBS plant, i can attest to their working conditions being shit. i would be the ONLY one on the line that would never get bathroom breaks. luckily i was fired because I WENT BLIND on one of my eyes due to an MS flare up

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  • Daniel D
    Daniel D

    Many meat packing workers are also not actually paid anything because they are in a work-rehab program and the drug rehabilitation program gets the money that would be paid to the workers.

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    jesus meillon

    the jungle book upton sinclair

  • DarkownerMinimalist

    vote with you wallet turd. boycot = gg

  • Adolfo Jayme Barrientos
    Adolfo Jayme Barrientos

    10:25 Oooooh, this stung

  • DarkownerMinimalist

    dumpster fire america. start a war and china will invade you instant.

  • leonxl

    But I thought capitalism was the best?? Don’t like their working conditions? Then don’t work there and don’t buy their products. “Sarcasm”

  • Mario

    I bet John Oliver likes "Open Borders" policies. That is where Tyson gets their employees. You can't have it both ways.

  • Meinbher Pieg
    Meinbher Pieg

    Humans treat animals like stock and machines. Humans are animals. Do the math.

  • Mario

    My favorite Dr. Seuss book was (The Cat's Quizzer) "Are you Smarter than the Cat in the Hat?" I know now, thanks to Joe Biden, poor kids are just as smart as the cat in the hat. Another favorite of mine was... If I Ran The Zoo. That is the book Joe Biden is currently reading, in order to run the Democratic Party, and Government.

  • Kaylin

    Idk- I must have poor taste? I thought that house and bathroom were gorgeous 😂

  • The Mighty Sagetto
    The Mighty Sagetto

    At least he removed his gloves and put em back on after. Nobody ..well at least most I know don't appreciate dick flavored chicken

  • Michael Enderfitnessvlog
    Michael Enderfitnessvlog

    In 1998 i worked for seaboard farms of Athens Georgia it was horrible. I wanted to live down south but there weren't many jobs I could do at 19.

  • FerdinandFake

    Seriously youtube? John fing Oliver?? Get outta here with this bullshit, dropping his annoying rants into my autoplay is assaulting my ears.

  • Ian Einstein
    Ian Einstein

    That Purdue Farms commercial had me rolling! Bloody memorable, too. Honestly, I'd call that a good ad. It got the viewer's attention, held it, and slapped them with the product so hard it was headspinning! Not to mention, it left me wanting more... Like, I need to know what happened. Is the dog gonna be okay?

  • Galador

    I honestly believe the US could profit so much if they installed a multiparty systwm instead of the two party system. That would be great to cut down on corruption and bring competition of great ideas and not just money

  • quemaspana

    I wish every other sentence out of Johns mouth wasn't so foul. Its a bit over the top and makes it unsharable with 50% of my friends who really need to see this.

  • Matthew Scott
    Matthew Scott

    Its amazing to me that this country still even functions with the way people treat one another.


    It's "Do You Want Lies With That" The Infinite Loop

  • Ambambalam

    admittedly I laughed at some of my family catching covid so maybe tyson feels the same way. fuck you aunt sharon.

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  • James Smith
    James Smith

    I think the bigger issue here is the " MEAT " our SLAVEMASTERS are using to allow them to stay in power. From our, I mean THEIR armed forces, be it the military to commando police forces, when will people stop joining these terrorists. What a rotten world we live, anything goes for PROFIT, we've been brainwashed to believe this.

  • Jon Dough
    Jon Dough

    MAGA! Best 3rd world country in the universe!!

  • Afqwa

    2:57 That is some kind of nightmare smoking gun. Holy shit. Nothing says you're knowingly and maliciously negligent like taking bets on the health and safety of your workers.

  • Tom Meyer
    Tom Meyer

    Just when you thought Amazon was at the bottom of the barrel of working conditions in US capitalism, this industry easily takes that spot. This is what happens when labor becomes a commodity.

  • Nen

    The American dream only happens while alseep.

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  • Shawn Cole Standiford
    Shawn Cole Standiford

    Why is it that the most toxic places to work use the term 'family'? Has any good ever come from it other than an expectation of cult-like adherence to the insane politics of a messed up workplace?

  • Mara Singer
    Mara Singer

    I feel like we should start sending raisin bombers to the USA. they're obviously a country in crisis.

  • Jack Walker
    Jack Walker

    Covid is a serious wake up call that our country is just as fucked up as the 3rd world countries we exploit.

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  • Age of Reason
    Age of Reason

    American is a lost cause. It's over.

  • Linescrew1

    Next we will discover the vegetable packing industry is worse!

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  • Yvette Newell
    Yvette Newell

    I wasn’t sure whether to like or dislike. The information was invaluable but . . . DAMN😡🤬🤯

  • W Martinez
    W Martinez

    Many immigrants we dont find too bad because it's good job compared

  • L J
    L J

    Amazon does the same thing, if you get hurt you go to their amcare and see if they can help you first. The workers comp doctors are so bad.

  • Jake Day Williams
    Jake Day Williams

    If only we could all make our living being a comedian.

  • L J
    L J

    Who one the bet??

  • wattersm

    "Our employees are our most valuable asset." Yeah, well, how much are you paying them?

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  • Sven

    Why am I getting this video recommended so aggressively? It autoplayed the third time just now.

  • JFred 517
    JFred 517

    Man. You learn that going to the nurse for next to nothing is just the norm in like middle school PE. Im not suprised this stuff happens professionally too.

  • Marcos

    Sounds like Amazon. Lets not forget that JBS already is in a corruption scandal in Brasil. If you have never been to Gainsville GA i encourage you to take tour and ask around. Medical centers remind me of the cruise industry. Good ol Ibuprofen.

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  • Sean Cullen
    Sean Cullen

    How the fuck can a funeral cost $15K? Just throw me in the trash when I die and take yourself on a nice holiday instead.

  • Cameron Sitton
    Cameron Sitton

    1:10 I *FELT* that

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  • tekros

    stopped video at 1:28. there is literally no category of worker less sympathetic than a fucking meat-production employee. unless you were forced at gunpoint to take that job, you can languish in pigshit and get cattle-prodded to death for all i care.

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  • Briar Cockrell
    Briar Cockrell

    The people who implemented those awful procedures and hazardous work environment are all chickenfuckers.

  • richard wilmot Ph.D
    richard wilmot Ph.D

    Tyson does not allow unions, they offer chaplains instead.

  • DarthNater98

    Where's Teddy Roosevelt when you need him.

  • John Taylor
    John Taylor

    Or just stop funding this monsterious industry and go vegan and as a added bonus you get to live a longer, happier life.

  • Rooney Daniel Cash Medrano
    Rooney Daniel Cash Medrano

    I mean To Think about it meat should be taken care more than other food 'cause virus came from it, I agree with some religions about eating not meat like Jewish religion they believe meat is a sin and there are people who eat only vegetables and it's a good one to care yourself think about make good decisions, stay safe stay fit stay thin a country who's calling advanced should promote healthy food for people U.S. seems to need step forward like a previous comment, do not keep eating meat and fast food it comes back life worse it's a healthy advice if ye want to live better without any health issues ask for this with a Doctor and Do not drink soda and you'll know.

  • Woland

    Ironically - but quite appropriately - "perdue" is "FART" in Russian. No kidding.

  • Max Pagan
    Max Pagan

    upton sinclair 2: Electric boogaloo

  • Celeste Pagano
    Celeste Pagano

    People can be horrified all they want, this isn't going to really END until Americans stop feeling like we need cheap meat fourteen meals a week. Regulation might tinker and improve things a little, but the whole system is driven by our collective appetite for cheap meat. It is possible to find meat that was pastured on small independent farms and processed at small local meat locker facilities. But guess what? It's more expensive. So including meatless meals in our diets is also part of the solution. If you're interested in switching to non-factory meat, the Eat Wild website has info on farmers. Farmers markets are another good way to make connections.

  • Kimberly Coyle
    Kimberly Coyle

    Lmao! "Perverted owl just watches" 😂😂

  • Low Flying Potato
    Low Flying Potato

    How can it be a $10,000 dollar check and blank at the same time? Blank Check means the amount has not been filled in FFS. Not that they didn't fill the account information. Boldly handed the check because it's the way business in government has always been done in this corrupt system. Pikachu face doesn't convince me.

  • Sigh borg
    Sigh borg

    US is not the only country with this problem, the UK has it as well, and by the looks of it probably other countries too...

  • 1mezion

    Not one Shit is going to be done simply because politicians are bought and paid for by these companies The Ordinary People Who vote are under the misguided impression that politicians work for them

  • Sam L. Weiss
    Sam L. Weiss

    John Oliver is brilliant! Thank you for exposing the injustices of our country. It's the only way we can rectify and improve these atrocious conditions.

  • skip ranger
    skip ranger

    Watch George Carlin on germs an the Immune system, it might SAVE YOUR LIFE!!!

  • surewinner

    #1 - Phone is the most valuable asset... Sad, but so true to most people.

  • Sumayyah Ross
    Sumayyah Ross

    ok but with todays technology they can't get a machine to do this

  • Nathan_W

    So what you're telling me is that "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair is still relevant? Yikes!

  • One Of The People
    One Of The People

    But all the people picking your lettuce are completely happy.

  • Backruborbust

    I wish I had never started eating meat. And shame on those taking bets on their employees, and everything else they do

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  • James Wright
    James Wright

    The commercial is from the early 2000s. What the connection here is hormones. Had to be there to understand.

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  • Russel Cantor
    Russel Cantor

    Stop eating meat, dairy, and eggs = problem solved. Let’s face it, these companies aren’t going to be held accountable anytime soon. Look at yourself and see how you, as an individual, can make a difference.

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  • nintendoboy17

    Now we need John Oliver to cover retail work, especially during COVID!

  • S Y
    S Y

    I dont see how that waiver could hold up in court. You cant sign a contract under duress.

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  • fouoii gyhh
    fouoii gyhh

    When companies had a Personnel Dept. you were considered a person. Now that they have a Human Resources Dept. you are considered a resource.

  • SJ R
    SJ R

    A lot of this is misinformation. when the illegals were rounded up at the meatpacking places the citizens filled their place. . And, machinery can do this work now, less need for humans, The harvesters of the fields could be repaced with machinery but Congress would not approve subsidizing the industry if machinery is used. It's the politicians that need to be pressured to changing our method of harvesting. In my early life I was on the assembly line doing 'piece work' I think I have more insight than a guy running his mouth

  • Dane Endly
    Dane Endly

    John Oliver seems like such a sellout now...Not to mention his jokes are horrible in cringey ... Judi Dench? Medium tempered pigeon? Like dude you just sound weird or desperate. Do old British people find this funny

    • fouoii gyhh
      fouoii gyhh

      meatpacking plant that is! Yukl, yuk, y'all.

  • mymak2015

    Every year I teach The Jungle and we talk about how things haven’t gotten much better. Upton Sinclair is rolling in his grave.

  • Nikhil Anand
    Nikhil Anand

    Anyone remember how proud Trump was for keeping these plants open?

  • Avenoma

    rebuild and strengthen OSHA.

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    sex robots for dudes that need them. yes please.

  • Beach&BoardFan

    HA! This is industry as a whole, go work in any industrial plant, This isnt a meat packing industry problem...