Meatpacking: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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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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  • Lucid Dreamer
    Lucid Dreamer20 minutes ago

    You should do a story about the working conditions of nurses - especially nurses who work in hospitals.

  • Pose Rose
    Pose RoseHour ago

    At this point Comedians, are smarter then most news casters, or hell even the Damn government.

  • Marcus Antonius
    Marcus Antonius3 hours ago

    Cult leaders, sex offenders, church...say often something about or like we are a family. Or my family. Do not know exactly but what about R. Kelly? M. Jackson (man loved him and sometimes still do or better I feel sorry for his wonderful by press terrorized daughter)...?CPAC?

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    Tim Chamberlain5 hours ago

    I hope to someday live in a society where the economy works for humanity instead of humanity working for the economy.

  • Jacob Penderworth
    Jacob Penderworth5 hours ago

    Who thinks John should be a guest on Headspace

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  • polarknight 537
    polarknight 53711 hours ago

    Out of hundreds of animal rights groups and vegetarians, this has made the strongest argument for going meat free to me.

  • Javi Rios
    Javi Rios11 hours ago

    Wow, that zimmerman part @ 6:00 Reality is going hard at South Park in 2021

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  • Xell Sunday
    Xell Sunday12 hours ago

    tbh If I lived in america and worked for any bigger company no matter what position I would also bet how many of my coworkers caught the virus cause no one wants to adhere to covid measurements. like what else do you do to escape this preapocalyptic hellhole.

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    Pashton Baha14 hours ago

    Man US ıs really fucked up

  • PumpkinEskobarr
    PumpkinEskobarr15 hours ago

    😂🤣Chicken chips?! If you bought that you were shopping on an empty stomach.

  • PumpkinEskobarr
    PumpkinEskobarr15 hours ago

    Using the “we are a family” term on a workplace is emotional manipulation tactics. Criminals do it too. Saying we all family in this money life funding situation called work. Don’t fall for it. Especially co-workers that like to refer to you as a relative like brother/sister son/daughter whatever. Titles like that on non-relatives should take years and or some significant life-impacting events to build. The ppl that put those titles on you do so as a way to emotionally control you, forcing you to be loyal, so when they mess up you think twice about reporting them or you feel compelled to cover for them. If someone you barely know well start using that family terminology, think first “did I do enough of anything to earn that from them? Did this person skip over friend and go straight to family?” Suspect! Also, another manipulation tactic, someone you barely know start revealing their secrets. Like really, we worked for 1month and you trust me? They do this so you fall for it and open up about your life. Cops do this shit when interrogating suspects. Offering up something that is worthless to them but you perceive it as valuable and think “wow this person really trusts me and opens up to me. I should reciprocate it seems safe” NOPE! And they be the same ppl quick to accuse you of “having a wall up”. Fucking mind games. My response is, “why do you think you privy to be let over that wall?”

  • ghawkins816
    ghawkins81615 hours ago

    Damn kind of messed up seeing this. I've been working for Tyson for years. I work in shipping/distribution though. I have family that work in processing and they never mentioned anything like this. They do complain about the pace and schedule.

  • blaqoD
    blaqoD17 hours ago

    Wrong title. Here's the good one: "Slavery in meat factories not hold accountable"

  • iEatEmos
    iEatEmos18 hours ago

    I worked at a Jennie-O, all this is true. My shoulder is permanently effed cuz of running 32+bpm. 60+% were refugees and islanders. And in the less than 2yrs I worked there someone got fingers cut off.

  • Gregory Mcgraw
    Gregory Mcgraw18 hours ago

    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

  • Vince F
    Vince F19 hours ago

    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 F
    Vince F19 hours ago

    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 F
    Vince F19 hours ago

    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 F
    Vince F19 hours ago

    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 F
    Vince F19 hours ago

    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 F
    Vince F19 hours ago

    This is why you go organic, as these standards aren’t applicable, organic gas more stringent safety regulation and processes.

  • Vince F
    Vince F19 hours ago

    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

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  • nedomedo
    nedomedo20 hours ago

    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!

  • luckystriker
    luckystriker20 hours ago

    all outlined in the book fast food nation by eric schlosser almost 20 years ago. nothings changed.

  • Evan Canellakis
    Evan Canellakis21 hour ago

    Those facilities are Inhumane

  • Evan Canellakis
    Evan Canellakis21 hour ago

    Even after watching this I’m still a proud meat eater

  • Emily An
    Emily An21 hour ago

    all the local farms and not just how the animals are treated. Thanks for this post!

  • Utopianx8x
    Utopianx8x23 hours ago

    Yet another reason to become vegan. Appalling

  • C Stone
    C Stone23 hours ago

    That Perdue commercial 🤣🤣😄

  • Thunder
    ThunderDay ago

    Time has not been kind to Oliver

  • Gerald Juve Jr.
    Gerald Juve Jr.Day ago

    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!

  • Emily An

    Emily An

    21 hour ago

    the machinery for humans to Process the animals Safety first slow down the greedy money machine.

  • Sarah Hill
    Sarah HillDay ago

    In school rn, I'm learning about how in the 1890s we had these same exact problems. Shit hasn't changed.

  • William Moffett
    William MoffettDay ago

    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.

  • Lyonel Laverde
    Lyonel LaverdeDay ago

    The 5,000 who didn't like this video support workers being treated worse than the meat at these plants.

  • Natália Catelan
    Natália CatelanDay ago

    Please make an episode about Brazil durring the pandemics

  • Seth Orr
    Seth OrrDay ago

    Bru I'm from waterloo we get recognized when one if our dumbasses say something stupid bet

  • Jessica Robinson
    Jessica RobinsonDay ago

    Heavily reliant on labor trafficking where do you think all those migrants end up? Oh

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  • Dee Negron
    Dee NegronDay ago

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

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  • missxenopus1000
    missxenopus1000Day ago

    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 :-/

  • matt fontaine
    matt fontaineDay ago

    What about Cuomo?

  • Terry Folderson
    Terry FoldersonDay ago

    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

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  • Mitchell Krouth
    Mitchell KrouthDay ago

    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.

  • Michael Spyridon
    Michael SpyridonDay ago

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  • Michael Spyridon
    Michael SpyridonDay ago

    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.

  • Drecon84
    Drecon84Day ago

    I really feel bad for that man's actual family if he treats them like this.

  • Certificate Of Vaccination I.D. 19
    Certificate Of Vaccination I.D. 19Day ago

    America dont sound so great to me

  • Happy Thoughts
    Happy ThoughtsDay ago

    Sounds to me like capitalism is working at its finest

  • Joseph Roland
    Joseph RolandDay ago

    I don't care about the working conditions of illegals. They knew what they were getting into when they came here.... illegally

  • albert mooney
    albert mooneyDay ago

    anyone read the jungle by upton sinclair?

  • Joseph Roland
    Joseph RolandDay ago

    "it's just a fun fact that I'm throwing in there for no reason" lol transparent clown. Your race-baiting is obvious

  • VP
    VPDay ago

    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.

  • Juan Contreras
    Juan ContrerasDay ago

    Nothing about Biden?? You are a Joke!!!

  • L Lamoy
    L LamoyDay ago

    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

  • Chistian White
    Chistian WhiteDay ago

    Why is milk the reason the family pet became possessed?

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  • Jojo Toto
    Jojo TotoDay ago

    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

  • Vladinek Januška
    Vladinek JanuškaDay ago

    American capitalism is fcked up game. People working on low positions are basicly slaves. No rights, no value, no future.

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  • Yang Daily - Andrew Yang News podcast
    Yang Daily - Andrew Yang News podcastDay ago

    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.

  • rckblzr12
    rckblzr12Day ago

    Is there a legit reason why the plants put out so much food? Seems like a lot of it goes to waste in supermarkets.

  • Ak
    AkDay ago

    6:24 lmao ironic

  • Liana H
    Liana HDay ago

    He did an upton sinclair's the jungle 100 years later

  • John Alexander Singleton
    John Alexander SingletonDay ago

    yeah well you've never been to a casino then, prudes. Cancel the chicken nugget order, stat

  • SpaceViking
    SpaceViking2 days ago

    America slipping down the slope. Sad.

  • Jake Skelington
    Jake Skelington2 days ago

    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...

  • n3rdm4n
    n3rdm4n2 days ago

    > a product that is wildly popular in this country Watching woke people trying to sound smart?

  • mydoggotshavedtoday
    mydoggotshavedtoday2 days ago

    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

  • Ant Circus
    Ant Circus2 days ago

    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.

  • Numinous Nihil
    Numinous Nihil2 days ago

    Waiting for libertarians to wax about how free markets will set us free

  • Michael Johanson
    Michael Johanson2 days ago

    11:10 bathroom looking like the weeknd halftime show

  • Wedding DJ Rob Soundz
    Wedding DJ Rob Soundz2 days ago

    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.

  • Manvir Singh
    Manvir Singh2 days ago

    I've been following you for years!!!!! When would you make a video about farmer protests in India? Ignore if you already have :)

  • Johnny_Island
    Johnny_Island2 days ago

    Automated machines can build cars but can't pack meat?

  • Some Guy From The Internet
    Some Guy From The Internet2 days ago

    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.

  • Vergin Meats

    Vergin Meats

    Day ago

    The don’t

  • jonescity
    jonescity2 days ago

    Even though this was a somber subject there was soooo many opportunities for Adam Driver jokes here...I was half expecting it.

  • Zakkuya
    Zakkuya2 days ago

    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.

  • Joan Harrison
    Joan Harrison2 days ago

    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.

  • Richard Kuklinski
    Richard Kuklinski2 days ago

    “Meatpacking” is what John Oliver does with other men every night.

  • Moon Memento
    Moon Memento2 days ago

    it's totally our country.

  • Nob ody
    Nob ody2 days ago

    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.

  • Harmony Mitcham
    Harmony Mitcham2 days ago

    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.

  • thecraftycreeper
    thecraftycreeper2 days ago

    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

  • Steven Evans
    Steven Evans2 days ago

    GOD BLESS AMERICA

  • George State
    George State2 days ago

    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 ?!?!?!

  • BanXxX69
    BanXxX692 days ago

    05:39 I think I just lost my faith in humanity knowing these things are already happening in a 2nd world country...

  • Luis Tarantini
    Luis Tarantini2 days ago

    I dont know who unironically would watch this clown.

  • Drops2cents
    Drops2cents2 days ago

    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! :-)

  • BanefulLeaf x
    BanefulLeaf x2 days ago

    Thank God I'm not from the States😖

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