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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  • Tom Meyer
    Tom Meyer44 मिनट पहले

    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
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  • Shawn Cole Standiford
    Shawn Cole Standifordघंटे पहले

    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 Singerघंटे पहले

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

  • Jack Walker
    Jack Walkerघंटे पहले

    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 Reason2 घंटे पहले

    American is a lost cause. It's over.

  • Linescrew1
    Linescrew13 घंटे पहले

    Next we will discover the vegetable packing industry is worse!

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  • Yvette Newell
    Yvette Newell3 घंटे पहले

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

  • W Martinez
    W Martinez5 घंटे पहले

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

  • L J
    L J5 घंटे पहले

    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 Williams5 घंटे पहले

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

  • L J
    L J5 घंटे पहले

    Who one the bet??

  • wattersm
    wattersm5 घंटे पहले

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

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  • Sven
    Sven6 घंटे पहले

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

  • JFred 517
    JFred 5176 घंटे पहले

    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
    Marcos6 घंटे पहले

    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.

  • Michael Raad
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  • Sean Cullen
    Sean Cullen6 घंटे पहले

    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 Sitton7 घंटे पहले

    1:10 I *FELT* that

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  • tekros
    tekros7 घंटे पहले

    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 Cockrell7 घंटे पहले

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

  • richard wilmot Ph.D
    richard wilmot Ph.D8 घंटे पहले

    Tyson does not allow unions, they offer chaplains instead.

  • DarthNater98
    DarthNater988 घंटे पहले

    Where's Teddy Roosevelt when you need him.

  • John Taylor
    John Taylor8 घंटे पहले

    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 Medrano8 घंटे पहले

    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
    Woland9 घंटे पहले

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

  • Max Pagan
    Max Pagan9 घंटे पहले

    upton sinclair 2: Electric boogaloo

  • Celeste Pagano
    Celeste Pagano9 घंटे पहले

    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 Coyle9 घंटे पहले

    Lmao! "Perverted owl just watches" 😂😂

  • Low Flying Potato
    Low Flying Potato9 घंटे पहले

    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 borg9 घंटे पहले

    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
    1mezion10 घंटे पहले

    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. Weiss10 घंटे पहले

    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 ranger10 घंटे पहले

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

  • surewinner
    surewinner11 घंटे पहले

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

  • Sumayyah Ross
    Sumayyah Ross11 घंटे पहले

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

  • Nathan_W
    Nathan_W11 घंटे पहले

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

  • One Of The People
    One Of The People11 घंटे पहले

    But all the people picking your lettuce are completely happy.

  • Backruborbust
    Backruborbust12 घंटे पहले

    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 Wright12 घंटे पहले

    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 Cantor12 घंटे पहले

    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
    nintendoboy1713 घंटे पहले

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

  • S Y
    S Y13 घंटे पहले

    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 gyhh14 घंटे पहले

    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 R14 घंटे पहले

    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 Endly14 घंटे पहले

    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

    14 घंटे पहले

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

  • mymak2015
    mymak201514 घंटे पहले

    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 Anand14 घंटे पहले

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

  • Avenoma
    Avenoma15 घंटे पहले

    rebuild and strengthen OSHA.

  • Avenoma
    Avenoma15 घंटे पहले

    sex robots for dudes that need them. yes please.

  • Beach&BoardFan
    Beach&BoardFan15 घंटे पहले

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

  • Lani Kiss
    Lani Kiss15 घंटे पहले

    On an amazing episode of America Dad, Walt Disney was woken up from being cryogenically frozen. When he saw the shit his legacy was being reduced to, he had three options: 1. Shut it down. 2. Shut it all down. 3. Shut it down, Shut it all down! We, like Disney, must go with option 3.

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  • I Geriatrici
    I Geriatrici15 घंटे पहले

    Almost makes you wish for something big to happen... Like, if everyone suddenly decided to not come in to work one day and block entrances to the plants... Like, in the *entire* U.S. of A. ... Man, wouldn't it be cool if there was a way to call something so *generalized* ? To *hit back* at the abuses of companies? *AGGRESSIVE WINK*

  • young20something
    young20something15 घंटे पहले

    By the time he got to the summary and said "diapers" I was like "I forgot all about the diapers! I was really hung up on the dismemberments!"

  • Vanessa Hunter
    Vanessa Hunter16 घंटे पहले

    I genuinely wonder if Mr Oliver regrets becoming a US citizen?

  • AD Harbison
    AD Harbison16 घंटे पहले

    This is why you should support local meat markets and butcher shops

  • Kevin Coles
    Kevin Coles16 घंटे पहले

    They said human police officers can't raid, said nothing about police guinea pigs

  • Plumikii Ryu
    Plumikii Ryu16 घंटे पहले

    Please Do A Piece on Michael Jackson Hi, I’m writing to you because Last Week Tonight as opposed to other such shows actually cares about issues rather than chasing the headlines. It has been 11 years since Michael Jackson passed away yet to this day what the common consensus is that he is a taboo subject for many. I recall you guys once did a piece on Public Shaming. Michael Jackson was a genius, an abused child. He was strange. He was one of the few major stars from the 80s who came out of the 80s without a heroine addiction. He in his own way did many, Many strange things, but so do most other superstars. And more than others he actually cared. About children, about the earth. About the issues we are discussing to this day. While Icons like Freddie Mercury, Elvis Presley, Prince, Beetles and many more are known for their good works, Michael is known for the something which he has repeatedly been acquitted for. It’s the truth that anyone looking for will find instantly but due to the “where there is smoke there is a fire” narrative, even 11 years after his death, the new media treats him like a criminal. All his trial pages are open for the public to read. He WAS weird. Making a ranch called neverland, hanging out with children. Trusting people he shouldn’t. But I urge you please cover him, hear beyond the noise like you guys often do. The most successful African American Artist of all time was a humble man child, who respected women, loved children and cared about our environment. He was not a heroine junkie, a private man who did not share his disease even all the way back in 1993 even though he was accused of wanting to become a “White Man”. He was eccentric. Hanging out with animals and caring about them. This article covers multiple sources, some of which I had read previously. Michael Jackson was a multi talented millionaire pop star, who was not an alcoholic, was a caring father, a filial son, Treated women with respect, cared about the planet and it’s beings. The press that constantly kept DASHING him, had found a way to subvert their guilt. All those years of calling him a “Jacko”, “monkey” and many more hurtful things was justified if he was a paedophile. They NEEDED him to be guilty. Such a man cannot exist in Hollywood. Such public shaming had allowed and to this day allows Michael to be a victim to all this slander. Please do a piece, if not one that exonerates him then one that once and for all cements the fact the Michael Jackson, the greatest pop star, the first African American Idol was a paedophile. Not through unknown sources or flimsy headlines but through concrete proof. A news echoing in a closed chamber will not reach anyone, most fans who what to know the truth know it, other people will read the headlines but not the explanations. It’s about time the general public knows. Please do a piece on Michael, the blatant mistreatment by the media, The systematic racism he faced during his trials. Please don’t let the first African American Singer be remembered for the things he did not do, He was weird, weird enough to annoy Freddie Mercury with Bubbles feedbacks, weird enough to let kids crack raw eggs over Michael Jackson, Weird enough to play water balloons with children. But he was not a paedophile and the world needs to acknowledge that. He was in no way a “Perfect Human” but he tried his best to live right and we should not punish him for doing that. On this year please exonerate this Black man, the Justice System has done it two decades ago, it’s about time everyone else does. Please do a piece on Michael Jackson.

  • Roark mojo
    Roark mojo16 घंटे पहले

    I find it a complete and total shame that these are the only jobs available to these people. It almost looks like they were working in unison. And or shall we just say Unity. Welcome to the new world everybody LOL. Fools!

  • Emil S
    Emil S16 घंटे पहले

    All of you people who live in the U.S. complaining....I guarantee you that your life problems are your fault and no one else's. When we moved here we didn't speak English and had no money. We came post 9/11 and are middle eastern. This is the best country on earth and has SOME OF THE LEAST INEQUALITY ON A STRUCTURAL LEVEL THAN ALMOST ANYWHERE. You marxist children

  • John Lange
    John Lange16 घंटे पहले

    Oh paleez, wake up. Government is inept, and the whole cozy corporate-and-wealthy-funded-government doesn't nor shouldn't give a crap about us - we are now irrelevant - except on election day, where we are increasingly irrelevant, but - for now - necessary. Worker programs are increasingly just shells to claim that they have "systems" in place to "solve" all of the problems the proletariat might bitch about, just they don't really work to solve any of the problems, so just shut up, and stop yur yammin'! Pharaohs and slaves has been the model forever, and this is just the latest iteration, til they tee up the next one. Shangri-La! Put a fork in it, Ethel, this goose is cooked. After it was processed at a meatpacking plant that is! Yukl, yuk, y'all.

  • Logan X10
    Logan X1016 घंटे पहले

    Well if America was run by an actual progressive social democracy then none of this would be happening. We would've have beaten covid-19 years ago if Bernie Sanders was president but no corporate Democrats and republicans dictate what we should have. Also Biden bombed Syria for more oil yay.

  • why tho
    why tho17 घंटे पहले

    look this is why i watched you not to listen shit about the same damn subject. just try guess what.

  • Maniak62
    Maniak6217 घंटे पहले

    16:46 that light on his eyes :D blessing from the lord

  • Hape Meatbeat
    Hape Meatbeat17 घंटे पहले

    Stories like that really make you appreciate capitalism.

  • Seth McC
    Seth McC17 घंटे पहले

    I like this piece but it's not just meat packing companies. I worked for Target. Their corporate environment is amazing but I worked in a warehouse and it's hell. You guys should look into them

  • Frazier Milak
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  • Gary Steele
    Gary Steele18 घंटे पहले

    Unfortunately, our government works for businesses, not citizens.

  • King Third
    King Third19 घंटे पहले

    I never eat meat ever again because of this video.Love this show.

  • Kitanael
    Kitanael19 घंटे पहले

    That is the second episode in a row, where John should have said: "So, what can we do against this? Because there is absolutely no way this is the best version of this situation mankind could do. And because the victims are sentient, feeling creatures, there has to be done something in any way. But instead of hoping that politics and lobbies for the food industrie would change anything, you can sign a bill on everyday you go shopping and eat less meat. Yeah. I know what you think: Common John, go f*** yourself with the vegetearian/vegan bullshit. But listen, because whether you like it or not. This is one if not the most effective way, if you wanna change something about that on your own. Eat and buy less meat and other animal products. And now....this!"

  • Channel 42069
    Channel 4206919 घंटे पहले

    5:56 Holy that female Matt Coville?!

  • mardu general
    mardu general19 घंटे पहले

    Unions, you guys need unions

  • Aaron Smithey
    Aaron Smithey19 घंटे पहले

    were is the episode about my missing stimulus promised to me by biden in Georgia

  • Beth Gearhart
    Beth Gearhart19 घंटे पहले

    I'm a workers compensation attorney representing injured workers, many in poultry plants. Can confirm all of this....

  • Internet Omatic
    Internet Omatic19 घंटे पहले

    And yet libs will do absolutely nothing to change this.

  • Skies of bethana
    Skies of bethana19 घंटे पहले

    Unbridled Capitalism!!! say no more John...we know the routine^^ When will the "pitchforks" i.e regular Joe realize he and his coworkers hold all the cards...oh i forgot, UNIONs are communist and not common sense^^

  • Sp Who Me?
    Sp Who Me?19 घंटे पहले

    Why do we eat meat again?🤔🤧🚮🚮🚮🚮🚮🚮🚮🚮

  • Rob Arentsen
    Rob Arentsen19 घंटे पहले

    Current debate in my country is whether we should attend the world championship soccer in Quatar in 2022, given the poor and even deadly working conditions of the (foreign) construction workers of the stadiums where the event should take place. Well, if that is a point of contend, maybe we should check our relations with the US too, given the poor and even deadly working conditions in it's meat packing industry.......

  • Vader Ravan
    Vader Ravan20 घंटे पहले

    Where is the segment about what joe biden said about chinas genocide of uighurs as "cultural differences to us"😂🤣

  • Tracy Garner
    Tracy Garner20 घंटे पहले

    Those are office workers not factory workers.

  • Tracy Garner
    Tracy Garner20 घंटे पहले

    Denying an employee a bathroom break is an OSHA violation. Someone needs to protect these employees. This is why so we need unions. There are whistleblower protections but humans are vicious. I am sure they are still threaten.

  • Thunder ON
    Thunder ON20 घंटे पहले

    I really like this show when its not about politics

  • Akayla Braxxton
    Akayla Braxxton20 घंटे पहले

    And people think indentured servitude ended in the USA lol. CEO’s are slave masters and slave masters are CEO’s.

  • Sarah S
    Sarah S20 घंटे पहले

    Remember when Mitch McConnell was withholding corona virus relief funds when families were suffering, in favor of protecting large corporations that run businesses like this, Ian’s through policy insuring they hold no liability when a worker get sick or dies? When are we going to end the corporate bribes, I mean “campaign contributions” that enable greedy pigs to look out for their own interests over every one else’s?

  • joe momma
    joe momma20 घंटे पहले


  • Elizabeth Ortiz
    Elizabeth Ortiz20 घंटे पहले

    By implementing changes that benefit workers companies will shoot the prices to the consumer through the roof, making the cost of living outrageously higher for everyone because obviously, the rich will NEVER, EVER give up their precious profits. They will fight back with sacrificing EVERYONE ELSE as long as their profits remain intact. I say all those improvements to OSHA and the USDA be financed DIRECTLY by profits being made by these companies, not by the employees' unions, not by taxpayers' money, not by price spikes but directly by companies' profits and to not allow them to spike their prices nor to punish their employees for fighting for their rights to a safe workplace and don't forget, their minimum wage should be increased at the same rate as inflation and that increase should come from the company's profits; they can afford it, they make fifty billion dollars a year, I'm sure that's enough money for all this and they will have billions left to spare every year.

  • Cy2k Cy2k
    Cy2k Cy2k21 घंटे पहले

    I am against FORCING people to work in such conditions. Can't they just say "oh fvck this" and walk away ?

  • Rainydropart -Anna
    Rainydropart -Anna21 घंटे पहले

    This isn’t just meat plants. It’s most factories. TLDR. Wash any canned food because there’s for sure piss on it