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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  • Lena


    28 րոպե առաջ

    The tyson plant in my home county in Indiana was also a hotspot for covid back in the beginning. My dad used to work for these companies. Im so appalled at how horrible people can be.

  • MickyAvStickyHands


    28 րոպե առաջ

    The real reason we allow illegal immigration. Did you think it was b/c we sympathized? You offer corporations illegal employees, you're going to get illegal working conditions. The illegal labor dries up, then they're forced to raise standards.

  • Ashooka Manuela

    Ashooka Manuela

    29 րոպե առաջ

    You know what would help with all those mistreatments of workers in the US? Unions. Proper Unions who have power. It sure as hell works for many wealthy European countries.

  • Patrick Hoscheid

    Patrick Hoscheid

    29 րոպե առաջ

    From someone who worked at a Tyson plant, this is absolutely spot on. I can't even explain how bad conditions can be at these places and I not sure I want to.

  • Srinu Superwiz

    Srinu Superwiz

    29 րոպե առաջ

    I can’t believe this is happening in this country.. Corrupt politicians supported by Greedy Industrialists is the cause of worker exploitation.. A well informed society (public) can stop this in the future & I believe a good education system can is the base to every thing..

  • Lori Lenny

    Lori Lenny

    30 րոպե առաջ

    Some people in this country like to say that immigrants, particularly Mexicans, will take your jobs. Seriously, how many U.S. citizens are willing to work in one of those meat processing plants?

  • Ethenawastaken


    30 րոպե առաջ

    I love john Oliver videos they're like 35% of the story and 10% comedy

  • john jones

    john jones

    30 րոպե առաջ

    low IQ jobs low skill jobs and they complaining lol

  • Jennifer Hizzy

    Jennifer Hizzy

    30 րոպե առաջ

    You should read the book every twelve seconds its about a slaughter house. Its despicable the way the workers and the animals are treated.

  • XX7


    30 րոպե առաջ

    We really need our own version of the French Revolution, but instead of the guillotine, people should be drawn and quartered so anyone in the future who considers doing this again will be scared shitless by the consequences of their actions.

  • David J

    David J

    31 րոպե առաջ

    Welcome to America. Where big business owns OUR/YOUR government. Period.

  • Sinclairelim


    31 րոպե առաջ

    Pets go above family John.

  • Grant Seiferman

    Grant Seiferman

    32 րոպե առաջ

    Go vegan and you can eliminate all of this...

  • TornadoADV


    32 րոպե առաջ

    Yep, all because you want to have unregulated open borders, so there is always a new warm body to take the place of a worker, drive down wages nation wide and prevent unionization.

  • Jennifer Brdar

    Jennifer Brdar

    32 րոպե առաջ

    I used to be a federal meat inspector in the large high speed beef slaughter establishments in SW Kansas. My plants that I inspected at ran an average of 375-390 beef an hour. They don't treat the line inspectors any better than the plant workers. Years later, I've lost 30% of the function of my left hand that operates a node hook to check lymph nodes. My right hand, my dominant hand and my knife hand goes numb a lot. We lost federal meat inspectors to from COVID-19 and I knew one of the ones who died who inspected at Dodge City, KS. If you want to jump us for line speed, don't blame the ones who inspect on the line, blame Dr. Elizabeth Hagen and Paul Kieker, the heads of USDA FSIS. I remember in order to get through a nights kill of 2700 beef, I'd take 8 ibuprofen, 3 Adderall and that was before dinner. Before the second half, wash, rinse, repeat. I'd come home so sore that I'd scream in my sleep. My dreams were of the line. I'd work 10-11 hr days six days a week and would only bring home 1400 every two weeks. Welcome to hell. It's not just pork and poultry.

  • Ken Havens

    Ken Havens

    33 րոպե առաջ

    All this stuff needs to be automated.

  • Geeky Castillo

    Geeky Castillo

    33 րոպե առաջ

    I would love to believe that this country could do better but our politicians will sooner vacation in Cancun during state wide emergencies than lift a finger to help us

  • Mary Finelli

    Mary Finelli

    33 րոպե առաջ

    The meat industry is terrible in so many ways. Please don't support it! There are marvelous vegan versions of virtually every type of food imaginable. All of then nutrients we need in order to thrive can be obtained more healthfully, humanely, and environmentally responsibly from plant sources - and deliciously, too!

  • Encarnacion Villazana

    Encarnacion Villazana

    33 րոպե առաջ

    R.E.M already warned us Decades ago with a tune "It's The End of the World as We Know It"....

  • Jennifer Hizzy

    Jennifer Hizzy

    33 րոպե առաջ


  • Y Dorsner

    Y Dorsner

    34 րոպե առաջ

    Cant believe they exploit imigrants like that , they know they can't complain to anyone

  • alumpyhorse


    34 րոպե առաջ

    Namaste 😅Oh John Oliver I love you

  • Gary Manley

    Gary Manley

    35 րոպե առաջ

    “preventable diseases kill off half our population. And even if science were allowed to try, it could do little, because the majority of human beings are not yet human beings at all, but simply machines for the creating of wealth for others. They are penned up in filthy houses and left to rot and stew in misery, and the conditions of their life make them ill faster than all the doctors in the world could heal them; and so, of course, they remain as centers of contagion, poisoning the lives of all of us, and making happiness impossible for even the most selfish. For this reason I would seriously maintain that all the medical and surgical discoveries that science can make in the future will be of less importance than the application of the knowledge we already possess, when the disinherited of the earth have established their right to a human existence.”
    ― Upton Sinclair, The Jungle

  • Daniel Lema

    Daniel Lema

    35 րոպե առաջ


  • Paulette Emerson

    Paulette Emerson

    36 րոպե առաջ

    Stopping just short of telling everyone to stop buying meat till these plants got their "family" business in order because no law suit hurts more than the one from Agriculture. They sued Oprah, they sure as hell would sue Oliver.

  • smonge 98

    smonge 98

    36 րոպե առաջ

    In Germany, one of the biggest outbreaks of COVID was also in a meat packing factory. Not even a coincidence, everyone just treats their meat industry equally shitty, just to have chicken cost $1.

  • Jason Theobald

    Jason Theobald

    37 րոպե առաջ

    Whalecum back

  • Ben Vost

    Ben Vost

    37 րոպե առաջ

    Bloody hell. Eating meat in the US comes with some seriously questionable background. It's enough to make you turn veggie.

  • D Banka

    D Banka

    37 րոպե առաջ

    Profits First Safety Last has always been most corporations moto.

  • Lloyd Scott

    Lloyd Scott

    37 րոպե առաջ

    my trans ass saw the title and thought of something else

  • Kelly Young

    Kelly Young

    38 րոպե առաջ

    Thank you, John and everyone at Last Week Tonight, for covering stories like this. Love you guys.

  • high240


    38 րոպե առաջ

    your country is a mess

  • Declan Handley-Byrne

    Declan Handley-Byrne

    39 րոպե առաջ

    I don't think I ever wanted to see a reboot of Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle" and hopefully I never do again

  • Midnitte


    39 րոպե առաջ

    @11:50 Really makes you wonder why Tesla moved to Texas...

  • Joan McCreless

    Joan McCreless

    39 րոպե առաջ dont know the worst of it...there was a major lawsuit in Trussville Alabama over male employees at tyson jerkin off in the was filed by female employees at tyson..around 20 yrs ago..true

  • Kyle Marrow

    Kyle Marrow

    40 րոպե առաջ

    Come and investigate Nicholas Meats in Loganton. You wanna see hell come on in we'll give you a job lol

  • FillUmUpp


    40 րոպե առաջ

    Hey John, why don’t you do a story about hunter Biden’s lap top you ugly tool!!

  • Jake


    40 րոպե առաջ

    When you brainwash people since they were children, that this is the best there is and every other place in the world is worst, that is exactly what you get. "The worst day in America is the best everywhere else". So nobody complains. Even when 95% of convictions are not delivered by a jury, nobody complains. When you face bankruptcy because you fell ill and visited a hospital, nobody complains. When the water in the pipes is poisonous, nobody complains. When the insulin your life depends on is sold to you ten and twenty times more expensive than everywhere else, nobody complains. That is what brainwashing does to people.

  • TotallyNotRedneckYall


    40 րոպե առաջ

    "Race to the bottom" implies that we haven't already hit bedrock.

  • Lisa Sun

    Lisa Sun

    41 րոպե առաջ

    Eat less meat

  • MrDiscreet100


    41 րոպե առաջ

    If Oliver comes up missing. Tyson did it.

  • Jack Smith

    Jack Smith

    41 րոպե առաջ

    Hey john oliver can you share some of your millions of dollars of wealth to the poor folks that work at meat factories?

  • Thomas Torrence

    Thomas Torrence

    42 րոպե առաջ

    20 year's from now it'll be machines 🤖

  • Midnitte


    42 րոպե առաջ

    A shame that not much has changed since Upton Sinclair published The Jungle.

  • Yash Muthiyan

    Yash Muthiyan

    43 րոպե առաջ

    Thank you for covering this topic. Shame on these companies. I am glad I turned plant-based two years ago, I hope others can try it too 💪🏼

  • Valeria Garcia

    Valeria Garcia

    43 րոպե առաջ

    Working for corporations is kind of like being in an abusive relationship.

  • sylvie sorrow

    sylvie sorrow

    43 րոպե առաջ

    The coincidence of this episode dropping just when I recently started working in a meatpacking factory
    Edit: so far, the factory I work in is really good with safety and have supervisor assistants who can step in if someone needs the restroom. The on-site nurse problem is accurate though

  • Pam Martin

    Pam Martin

    44 րոպե առաջ

    The delirious gun perioperaively fail because cloakroom behaviourally regret pace a messy digital. smoggy, equable secure

  • Noah Dillon

    Noah Dillon

    44 րոպե առաջ

    I like that he didn't use Judi Dench's royal title.

  • Do Not Look At My Channel

    Do Not Look At My Channel

    45 րոպե առաջ


  • Moe Reese

    Moe Reese

    46 րոպե առաջ

    This is what happens when republicans are allowed to hold office.

  • Carl Garcia

    Carl Garcia

    46 րոպե առաջ

    Read Joseph Conrad,, those people have always been about themselves,,

  • Ryan Wallace

    Ryan Wallace

    46 րոպե առաջ

    I wonder what my union is doing for these folks-I’m a member of UFCW and I work at a grocery store but I know my union represents meatpacking workers as well-I wonder what the conditions are like at union plants

    • P R

      P R

      44 րոպե առաջ

      There are “meat cutters” at a grocery store of which I work. Then there are NON UNION meat packers which is what this story is about

  • Youbetternowatchthis


    47 րոպե առաջ

    There really is nothing to worry about. The system is working as intended. Those workers are all jsut lazy. It is obvious.
    There is no class struggle. Now check out this sweet new product to get your mind off of this...

  • Eye of the Liar

    Eye of the Liar

    47 րոպե առաջ

    Wtf is this?

  • P R

    P R

    47 րոպե առաջ

    BTW Smithfield poultry is Chinese owned. Just saying if you work at a factory with an in house first aid station that is not a good place to be

  • Nick Broomhall

    Nick Broomhall

    47 րոպե առաջ

    John wants to sleep with soup now?
    Man why does he always talks about his kinks on here?

  • Gonzalo Meneses

    Gonzalo Meneses

    47 րոպե առաջ

    Lobbying must stop.

  • herbert feuerste1n

    herbert feuerste1n

    48 րոպե առաջ

    treating slaves bad is religous freedom of the masteranimal

  • My Name

    My Name

    48 րոպե առաջ

    In case you missed it, "perform an exorcism, Jim, or get the fuck out of their house." Y'all's words are gems.

  • Moe Reese

    Moe Reese

    49 րոպե առաջ

    Another reason to stop eating meat.

  • Bill Sulli

    Bill Sulli

    49 րոպե առաջ

    Well chic fil let is doing just fine

  • GameMasterCoolDudeGuy


    49 րոպե առաջ

    I used to work at a turkey processing plant in jasper Indiana years ago, no clue if it's still open. It was hell, and just walking to your work station could be very dangerous. You also only got one free very thin plastic apron a, one set of ear plugs they expected you to tie to your hardhat, cheap arm sleeves to protect you from knives and keep you clean, along with a number other small things that broke easily. And if you wanted to replace them before the week was up, because it was easy for these things to be damaged, you got your pay doct. They are terrible places to work, and they need to be shut down and reworked.

  • Dave Witter

    Dave Witter

    50 րոպե առաջ

    I am guessing the meatpacking companies are located in anti-union, right to work Republican States. The system is not broken it is just fixed for others.

  • ANDRES Catella

    ANDRES Catella

    50 րոպե առաջ


  • Smoker Ace

    Smoker Ace

    50 րոպե առաջ

    In Germany, we have similar problems with our largest meat producers! High levels of infection among the workers, horrific working conditions and no insight among the company owners. In addition, the workers, mostly Romanians, are still struggling with wage dumping and terrible housing!

  • alumpyhorse


    50 րոպե առաջ

    here we go. Guess I’m never eating meat again. & I’m only 1.5 minutes in

    • alumpyhorse


      28 րոպե առաջ

      so that took a turn. OSHA solutions, let’s get on this

  • Kate Hart

    Kate Hart

    50 րոպե առաջ

    So far this year, we're 2 for 2 on LWT circling around the topic of vegetarianism/veganism without actually discussing it. I'm honestly expecting this to be the first ever LWT season-long plot arc, and its first ever plot twist. Weeks from now, John will be like, guess what? Tonight we're gonna not gonna talk about a big problem! We're gonna talk about a SOLUTION which would directly impact EVERY issue we've talked about this year! Most of us should be eating a lot less meat! No, really! And I'm not even going to be surprised because I respect these people so much.
    I decided to start reducing my meat consumption years ago because it's one of the best ways to reduce your individual carbon footprint, and we haven't covered that yet. And (as many vegans here in the comments have pointed out) there's an animal cruelty angle too. Farming big mammals for their meat is a really inefficient way to use land and get calories, so it contributes to world hunger. I've never done much research into the health effects of vegetarianism vs pescatarianism vs veganism, but I'd love to learn about them here! My point is there's a lot of material here that's right up this show's alley, and I think it would be really cool if we ended up with a big twist like that later on in the season!

  • WalnussPower


    50 րոպե առաջ

    I'm only four minutes in and I'm already certain your meat industry is as disgusting as ours. Greetings from Germany.

  • Luis Pereira

    Luis Pereira

    51 րոպե առաջ

    Welcome to China

  • Joshua Hammer

    Joshua Hammer

    51 րոպե առաջ

    💩 🙉🙈👎💩 used to actually love this show

  • Huvie07


    52 րոպե առաջ

    Then the same day this comes out I go to work and pilgrims/JBS tells me that , they aren't going to honor their policy of guaranteed hours. In which if for any reason the plant gets shut down we will still get paid. In texas the snow storm came through and we couldn't work last week then come back to be told we wont be paid and we have to work extra days to make up for the down time. So, expect all these issues to be more abundant in the next month or 2.

  • Elle Wu

    Elle Wu

    52 րոպե առաջ

    go vegan guys

  • Anii


    52 րոպե առաջ

    Not me eating meat while Im watching this... yeaaaah this might be the last time for a while

  • Sue Sherman

    Sue Sherman

    52 րոպե առաջ

    Upton Sinclair wrote The Jungle over 100 years ago about similar working conditions in the meat packing industry.

  • Rambo4505


    52 րոպե առաջ

    Feels like John Oliver is grasping for opportunities to drop f-bombs. It's almost distracting.

  • Stephen Mulkey

    Stephen Mulkey

    53 րոպե առաջ

    I just realized I didn't eat meat today.

  • Natalie Cha

    Natalie Cha

    53 րոպե առաջ

    I remembering reading about the awful conditions of meatpacking workplaces in the book "Fast Food Nation" a few years back. I'm surprised it's not talked about as much... love John Oliver for talking about this. I remember reading about a McDonald's meatpacker employee being treated so incredibly bad after being disabled on site(I think something along the lines of being fired without any compensation)... it literally made me cry and i still think about that worker to this day...

  • John King Size

    John King Size

    53 րոպե առաջ

    That betting pot is in fact surprisingly abhorrent, even though I already had heard of meat plants in the US, but it goes also quite well with the sidebar of the news channel counting COVD cases and deaths.
    "Ladies and gentlemen, trick question. Knowing that the United States of America accounts for 5% of the world's general population, where do they weigh for 20% of the world population? Is it people in jail, or COVID cases and deaths?
    Well, the answer was both!"

  • CCJJ160Channels


    54 րոպե առաջ

    18:27 - it made me gag in front of my children.

  • p1pe


    54 րոպե առաջ

    usa is a failed project. disband pls

  • phalexa sky

    phalexa sky

    54 րոպե առաջ

    And let's talk about meat and it's contribution of about 50% of the greenhouse gasses. If we keep (m)eating meat like this, we don't have to worry about the workers, because we all be dead.

  • Motormaster


    55 րոպե առաջ

    For some reason, this segment reminds me of "The Meatrix" videos.

  • vundabarfan42


    55 րոպե առաջ

    meatpacking is when amab drag queens tuck

  • Stewie Griffin

    Stewie Griffin

    55 րոպե առաջ

    US never abolished slavery, it took just another form

  • rightoff95


    55 րոպե առաջ

    This is why I don't eat meat or dairy or any animal ag product

  • Erin Andrus

    Erin Andrus

    56 րոպե առաջ

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    56 րոպե առաջ

    Please shut up Oliver. Those of us who actually work in the healthcare field know that covered is a scam. It's a scam Oliver yes it exists. But we haven't had a case of Corona and almost 5 months. At least in the hospital I work at which is the 6th biggest Hospital in the country. So don't play with me little man you're a propagandist some of your videos are well-researched but your main appeal is propaganda that's all it is

  • Christian Gosch

    Christian Gosch

    56 րոպե առաջ

    Reminds me of Tönnies and others in Germany.

  • Paige Welch

    Paige Welch

    57 րոպե առաջ

    Exactly what's been on everyone's mind lately. Thank you for providing great journalism.

  • jie li

    jie li

    57 րոպե առաջ

    China is a backward country! China has had a cultural revolution! Limit the rights of the people to speak! Should we in the United States learn from China to limit the rights of the people to speak! Be as backward as China and destroy democracy!



    58 րոպե առաջ

    Management always gets the benefits.

  • Virtual Martini Shorts

    Virtual Martini Shorts

    58 րոպե առաջ

    John Oliver would know a lot about meatpacking.

  • Bradford Choung

    Bradford Choung

    58 րոպե առաջ

    What's awful is this all started in 2018ish when Trump (unsurprisingly) cut federal standards and regulations for health, safety, hygienic workplace conditions, and more. He declawed unionization laws, and it wouldn't surprise me that these plant workers aren't union.

  • YoungManDub


    58 րոպե առաջ

    When is he gonna talk about Biden/Harris? Apparently there's literally nothing wrong with them? He's talked about Trump's bowel movements for the past 4 years. His lefty transparency is really astounding. Not surprised. Cuomo, Lemon, every single late night moron. 🤷🏿‍♂️

  • Himax9


    58 րոպե առաջ

    Ever read "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair?
    We're heading back to those days...

  • Yoonbi


    59 րոպե առաջ

    مين جي من داليا صبري 😂😂😂

  • I’m Legit Subbbing To Everyone Who Subbs To Me

    I’m Legit Subbbing To Everyone Who Subbs To Me

    59 րոպե առաջ

    “Congrats to everyone who is early and who found this comment.”❤️

  • mugogrog


    Ժամ առաջ

    Christian fundy slipping people bribes and acting horrendously, it is starting to sound way too familiar. Can't we just face it, christianity is at best away for people to "seem" nice and at worst an excuse to be nasty.