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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  • 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.

    Sam L. WeissSam L. Weiss40 मिनट पहले
  • Watch George Carlin on germs an the Immune system, it might SAVE YOUR LIFE!!!

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

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

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

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  • But all the people picking your lettuce are completely happy.

    One Of The PeopleOne Of The Peopleघंटे 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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  • The commercial is from the early 2000s. What the connection here is hormones. Had to be there to understand.

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

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

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

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  • 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

    SJ RSJ R4 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

    Dane EndlyDane Endly4 घंटे पहले
    • meatpacking plant that is! Yukl, yuk, y'all.

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

    mymak2015mymak20154 घंटे पहले
  • Anyone remember how proud Trump was for keeping these plants open?

    Nikhil AnandNikhil Anand4 घंटे पहले
  • rebuild and strengthen OSHA.

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  • sex robots for dudes that need them. yes please.

    AvenomaAvenoma5 घंटे पहले
  • HA! This is industry as a whole, go work in any industrial plant, This isnt a meat packing industry problem...

    Beach&BoardFanBeach&BoardFan5 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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  • 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*

    I GeriatriciI Geriatrici5 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!"

    young20somethingyoung20something5 घंटे पहले
  • I genuinely wonder if Mr Oliver regrets becoming a US citizen?

    Vanessa HunterVanessa Hunter5 घंटे पहले
  • This is why you should support local meat markets and butcher shops

    AD HarbisonAD Harbison6 घंटे पहले
  • They said human police officers can't raid, said nothing about police guinea pigs

    Kevin ColesKevin Coles6 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.

    Plumikii RyuPlumikii Ryu6 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!

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  • 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

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  • 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.

    John LangeJohn Lange6 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.

    Logan X10Logan X106 घंटे पहले
  • look this is why i watched you not to listen shit about the same damn subject. just try guess what.

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

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  • Stories like that really make you appreciate capitalism.

    Hape MeatbeatHape Meatbeat7 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

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  • Unfortunately, our government works for businesses, not citizens.

    Gary SteeleGary Steele8 घंटे पहले
  • I never eat meat ever again because of this video.Love this show.

    King ThirdKing Third8 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!"

    KitanaelKitanael8 घंटे पहले
  • 5:56 Holy that female Matt Coville?!

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  • Unions, you guys need unions

    mardu generalmardu general8 घंटे पहले
  • were is the episode about my missing stimulus promised to me by biden in Georgia

    Aaron SmitheyAaron Smithey8 घंटे पहले
  • I'm a workers compensation attorney representing injured workers, many in poultry plants. Can confirm all of this....

    Beth GearhartBeth Gearhart9 घंटे पहले
  • And yet libs will do absolutely nothing to change this.

    Internet OmaticInternet Omatic9 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^^

    Skies of bethanaSkies of bethana9 घंटे पहले
  • Why do we eat meat again?🤔🤧🚮🚮🚮🚮🚮🚮🚮🚮

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  • 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.......

    Rob ArentsenRob Arentsen9 घंटे पहले
  • Where is the segment about what joe biden said about chinas genocide of uighurs as "cultural differences to us"😂🤣

    Vader RavanVader Ravan10 घंटे पहले
  • Those are office workers not factory workers.

    Tracy GarnerTracy Garner10 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.

    Tracy GarnerTracy Garner10 घंटे पहले
  • I really like this show when its not about politics

    Thunder ONThunder ON10 घंटे पहले
  • And people think indentured servitude ended in the USA lol. CEO’s are slave masters and slave masters are CEO’s.

    Akayla BraxxtonAkayla Braxxton10 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?

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  • #deportJohnOliver

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  • 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.

    Elizabeth OrtizElizabeth Ortiz10 घंटे पहले
  • I am against FORCING people to work in such conditions. Can't they just say "oh fvck this" and walk away ?

    Cy2k Cy2kCy2k Cy2k10 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

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  • They deserve to suffer and be punished for their contribution to the animal abuse and suffering.

    Cy2k Cy2kCy2k Cy2k11 घंटे पहले
  • Imagine working on the line and then being forced to watch a video of your bosses doing Pilates...

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    Ahmed AmerAhmed Amer11 घंटे पहले
  • Please do a segment on ag-gag laws.

    Louise DanielsLouise Daniels11 घंटे पहले
  • This sounds exactly like the Tönnies meatpacking facility outbreak in Germany. Migrant workers who lived in company-provided housing on the premises got sick by the hundreds. It was thus the company's fault that they could not socially distance at work OR in private because those "accomodations" look like converted shipping containers with a bunch of bunk beds in them.

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  • america is just bad country

    Tomas PilsTomas Pils11 घंटे पहले
  • The more we watch this. It not like no one gonna report this. Money first employees last... Thats pfg they make up their own rules

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  • US conservative to Northern European: "At least we live in a FREE country!" Northern European looking at the complete disregard for and absence of basic human rights in the US: "riiiiiiiight...."

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  • "Meditation is great for clearing your mind. You just have to sit still, focus on your breath and try not to think about the local camera crew that's filming a piece about your corporate office culture that'll one day be uncomfortably juxtaposed with how appallingly your company treats workers in these factories." Classic JO.

    Manish RawatManish Rawat14 घंटे पहले
  • >.> You crying for this? Seriously?! Protecting the Worker! NO!! Communism! Bring Social Health Care no! COMMUNISM! Protection the Homeless! NO COMMUNISM! Defending Human Diginity by losing his JOB NO!! Communism! I am living in Europe even! I Accept the Mix of Social and Capitalism and i work in better condition then American Africa standarts! I dont feel no Pity since the Cold War the west has nothing Learn! even Russia Protect their Workers since the Communist Downfall!

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  • You lost me on the Roseanne comment. You guys spin things too much and too often, I can't believe your reporting.

    Matt VivianiMatt Viviani14 घंटे पहले
  • Why dont you talk about the kids in cages under joe biden ?

    christian schulzchristian schulz15 घंटे पहले
  • Its the 1906 the jungle all over again. Aim for the heart of the people but hit them in their stomach.

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  • q^

    FlipkensFlipkens15 घंटे पहले
  • Living their lives in decadent luxury, you have to wonder if the beings who run these companies are human - Seriously! But it must be considered, that perhaps they take their cues from the public: If we purchase without care, they must feel it justified to operate without care!

    CettiCetti15 घंटे पहले
  • Oh and the Biden administration is currently backing down on the 15 Dollar Minimum Wage, while simultaniously employing Neera Tanden, a Union crusher. So, again we have to do everything ourselves, fuck the Gouverment, join the local union and, for good measure, your friendly neighbourhood anti-rascist group.

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  • Nothing you can do just continue eating chicken and meats Hod said our food supply won’t run out animal will continue to multiply

    BrandonComedicSoupBrandonComedicSoup15 घंटे पहले
  • Same in Europe! The biggest Corona outbreaks were in such companies. 😢

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    Mahmoud TalaatMahmoud Talaat16 घंटे पहले
  • I’m 28 and I’ve worked in poultry production for 3 years. It’s truly disturbing looking back at how employees have been treated in this industry. Literally never able to take bathroom breaks. Tons of work injuries. Tons of horrible quality product being shipped out. FDA inspections per department maybe equal 2 minutes per month. Horrible industry. Horrible pay. Horrible benefits. Absurd turnover. Horrible management. Pathetic employee treatment and opportunities.

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  • Meh I validated osha all the time to much work to comply, when I burn the shit out of my arm at work also never filed anything or get medical help hell didnt even leave work the costumers just heard me scream fuck a lot more from the kitchen that day

    SiiNzSiiNz16 घंटे पहले
  • It's not like having a pool gave anyone the virus.

    Ferc PoloFerc Polo16 घंटे पहले
  • its fucked up that like walmart is held to higher osha standards than the places that make the food thats being sent there

    Mary JaneMary Jane16 घंटे पहले
  • That was a Burr mxier. Not an Emersion Belnder. #FAaFcCtheck #BurrMixrdEucated

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    Barry MacockinerBarry Macockiner17 घंटे पहले
  • I often find it hard to understand why we have to create hell on Earth. If just 8% increase in the price of meat could do away with all these terrible work conditions, why not? Why is it such a race to the absolute bottom?

    VoracleVoracle17 घंटे पहले
  • why isnt this kind of work automated? I am from Europe and I was honestly thinking this episode will be about plastic used in packing meat (because obviously, meatpacking plants are heavily automated... right?)

    Martin TirpákMartin Tirpák17 घंटे पहले
  • It’s wierd that now trumps gone outlets have to actually write to make content.

    KahrenheitKahrenheit17 घंटे पहले
  • I’ve been screaming at the rooftops about this for long time, so thank you for this. The conditions in meat packing plants are HORRIFIC and COVID19 exposed this to the masses. Y’all think the coverup in NY by Cuomo and the nursing homes is bad, look at the crimes being committed and covered up at Meat Packing plants.

    Zobeth CZobeth C18 घंटे पहले
  • As we bask in the glory that is this truth, meatpacking big wigs are trying to replace humans with machines 🙁

    Jennifer WebbJennifer Webb18 घंटे पहले
  • Americans keep saying they abolished slavery but did they? Now it’s just hidden in plain sight 😕

    Kevin DueckKevin Dueck18 घंटे पहले
  • Who's early for Last week's tonight this Monday 😂

    Jose DeLosAngelesJose DeLosAngeles19 घंटे पहले
  • Solution.... Get a new job. If it was really that big of a deal they wouldn't be able to keep employees. I spent two years working at a chicken plant, it's not a hard job.

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  • this country disgust me racism is rampant and is everywhere institution .. higher education.. you name it you think just because we elected biden the racism is off the surface of this country? no.. it's like an oil stain that seeps through the carpet and leaves a permanent mark

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