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

    Juan ContrerasJuan Contrerasساعات قبل
  • 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

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  • Why is milk the reason the family pet became possessed?

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    Rosannexo1 Cantubpp7Rosannexo1 Cantubpp72 ساعات قبل
  • 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

    Jojo TotoJojo Toto3 ساعات قبل
  • American capitalism is fcked up game. People working on low positions are basicly slaves. No rights, no value, no future.

    Vladinek JanuškaVladinek Januška4 ساعات قبل
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    nathanial merwinnathanial merwin5 ساعات قبل
  • 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.

    Yang Daily - Andrew Yang News podcastYang Daily - Andrew Yang News podcast6 ساعات قبل
  • Is there a legit reason why the plants put out so much food? Seems like a lot of it goes to waste in supermarkets.

    rckblzr12rckblzr126 ساعات قبل
  • 6:24 lmao ironic

    AkAk7 ساعات قبل
  • He did an upton sinclair's the jungle 100 years later

    Liana HLiana H8 ساعات قبل
  • yeah well you've never been to a casino then, prudes. Cancel the chicken nugget order, stat

    John Alexander SingletonJohn Alexander Singleton8 ساعات قبل
  • America slipping down the slope. Sad.

    SpaceVikingSpaceViking10 ساعات قبل
  • 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...

    Jake SkelingtonJake Skelington10 ساعات قبل
  • > a product that is wildly popular in this country Watching woke people trying to sound smart?

    n3rdm4nn3rdm4n12 ساعات قبل
  • 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

    mydoggotshavedtodaymydoggotshavedtoday12 ساعات قبل
  • 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.

    Ant CircusAnt Circus13 ساعات قبل
  • Waiting for libertarians to wax about how free markets will set us free

    Numinous NihilNuminous Nihil13 ساعات قبل
  • 11:10 bathroom looking like the weeknd halftime show

    Michael JohansonMichael Johanson13 ساعات قبل
  • 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.

    Wedding DJ Rob SoundzWedding DJ Rob Soundz14 ساعات قبل
  • I've been following you for years!!!!! When would you make a video about farmer protests in India? Ignore if you already have :)

    Manvir SinghManvir Singh14 ساعات قبل
  • Automated machines can build cars but can't pack meat?

    Johnny_IslandJohnny_Island15 ساعات قبل
  • 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.

    Some Guy From The InternetSome Guy From The Internet16 ساعات قبل
    • The don’t

      Vergin MeatsVergin Meats9 ساعات قبل
  • Even though this was a somber subject there was soooo many opportunities for Adam Driver jokes here...I was half expecting it.

    jonescityjonescity17 ساعات قبل
  • 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.

    ZakkuyaZakkuya17 ساعات قبل
  • 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.

    Joan HarrisonJoan Harrison19 ساعات قبل
  • “Meatpacking” is what John Oliver does with other men every night.

    Richard KuklinskiRichard Kuklinski19 ساعات قبل
  • it's totally our country.

    Moon MementoMoon Memento19 ساعات قبل
  • 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.

    Nob odyNob ody19 ساعات قبل
  • 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.

    Harmony MitchamHarmony Mitcham20 ساعات قبل
  • 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

    thecraftycreeperthecraftycreeper20 ساعات قبل
  • GOD BLESS AMERICA

    Steven EvansSteven Evans21 ساعات قبل
  • 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 ?!?!?!

    George StateGeorge State22 ساعات قبل
  • 05:39 I think I just lost my faith in humanity knowing these things are already happening in a 2nd world country...

    BanXxX69BanXxX6922 ساعات قبل
  • I dont know who unironically would watch this clown.

    Luis TarantiniLuis Tarantini22 ساعات قبل
  • 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! :-)

    Drops2centsDrops2cents23 ساعات قبل
  • Thank God I'm not from the States😖

    BanefulLeaf xBanefulLeaf xأيام قبل
  • When a company says we're family, RUN!

    BanefulLeaf xBanefulLeaf xأيام قبل
  • No surprise that an industry that commodifies animal life for profit cares little for the lives of its human employees. Treating them as disposable inputs. While pretending they're "family".. An abusive family. This is why I switched to eating plants . Preserve your humanity and conscience.

    Tharun SontiTharun Sontiأيام قبل
  • Disclaimer: I'm a vegetarian with vegan leanings. I am not against people eating meat, per se, but I am definitely against animal death camps and related processes. Clearly, it is bad for the animals, that's a no-brainer, but rather than wanting to point my finger at meat eaters, I would invite them to get their meat produce from more ethical sources. Sure, it will be more expensive, but less meat in your diet is healthier for you and better for the environment and ultimately better for the demographics that end up in the squalid jobs (faux slavery) shown here.

    Emma SayersEmma Sayersأيام قبل
  • John Oliver is garbage.

    Kyle KnightKyle Knightأيام قبل
    • Ok? why did you feel the need to leave this comment instead of just not watching his videos

      Cdsnz 23Cdsnz 2323 ساعات قبل
    • @Anurag Chakraborty i used to like his segments but his comedy just dont do it anymore unfortunately. Idk just my opinion

      Kyle KnightKyle Knightأيام قبل
    • Why? This video doesn't have much of a political side to it.

      Anurag ChakrabortyAnurag Chakrabortyأيام قبل
  • The US = 3rd world

    Fakn LarsFakn Larsأيام قبل
  • You can replace the owl with John Oliver's picture and no one would even know the difference 😂

    Meban KharkongorMeban Kharkongorأيام قبل
  • The comedy writing on this show has really gone to shit, but the content is still interesting....even if nothing will ever change.

    Laine La CavaLaine La Cavaأيام قبل
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  • Shit just left me speechless. Just.. wtf.

    Linda JohnLinda Johnأيام قبل
  • I won't stay in a company if my boss starts the speech with ' we are a family'. No I am not, I am here for money. 🤷🏻

    Velvet ThunderVelvet Thunderأيام قبل
  • I just wanted to say it was a sad move to feature the old man dying of covid just to push your point. Really low. The man must have been close to 80 already, just to feature him to push your cause. So low. Not funny at all.

    Bee VBee Vأيام قبل
  • Is this still a comedy show?

    Bee VBee Vأيام قبل
  • I thought slavery was abolished in America 155 years ago? Some world leader😧😧😧😧😧😧

    Mamanicole IMamanicole Iأيام قبل
  • I stopped eating tyson back in 2009. It always made my stomach upset and i just think that chicken should not be that big. One chicken breast can be cut into 4, or if you are really hungry 2. No matter how much you season it tasted like rubbery crap.

    Pearl The SpinsterPearl The Spinsterأيام قبل
  • Do a segment on teacher’s union!

    Wayne TanWayne Tanأيام قبل
  • i watch this what can we do? instead of bozos storming the capital for stupid reasons storm the capital for reasons like this!

    SekaiSekaiأيام قبل
  • John! Please cover the Myanmar situation, we all need to hear about it

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    Agnes BurtonAgnes Burtonأيام قبل
  • I'm glad to see that our gov't changed so much ever since Upton Sinclair wrote about the horrors of the meat-packing industry in 1904... What...? Oh... Nevermind...

    DeepFried OhioGravyDeepFried OhioGravyأيام قبل
  • Grateful that a horrendous colonoscopy 14 years ago made me go plant-based. I got to thinking about fast food. What if meat cost, say $50 for 1/4 lb of whatever? Then the very people who can’t afford to have Type ll Diabetes, heart disease, etc. would find that eating whole-food-plant-based 99% of the time would eliminate those diseases. Three films (no judgement!!!) I’d recommend include “What the Health,” “The Game Changers,” and “Forks Over Knives.”

    Sandy DillerSandy Dillerأيام قبل
  • Foo

    1844junkercars1844junkercarsأيام قبل
  • Sounds too much like my current factory job making FUCKING hot tubs/spas

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    Trinity HopeTrinity Hopeأيام قبل
  • I feel like there's a whole book about this...

    HohHochHohHochأيام قبل
  • There has to be a Democrat in office for this guy to talk about the things that matter. Glad he is back I can finally watch this show again

    Bass LittleBass Littleأيام قبل
  • That's why my hard earned money isn't going to the meat industry anymore. I want plant-based companies to thrive and create alternative no-risk jobs for those people.

    GreenDanGermanGreenDanGermanأيام قبل
  • Nothing will happen

    BigPiece GamingBigPiece Gamingأيام قبل
  • Anything that has to do with meat is disgusting. Be it breeding, slaughter, packaging or whatever. All good reasons to stop eating meat.

    Gerhard AdlerGerhard Adlerأيام قبل
  • 10:40 that guy looks like the whitest whitey mcWhitey Racist ever born on this Planet. and his Company is called "PILGRIMS PRIDE"??? wooooooowwww

    Johan KramerJohan Kramerأيام قبل
  • Incoming dick joke

    TheEngineeredTheEngineeredأيام قبل
  • That’s strange I do commercial roofing and any safety rule broken is 130k fine. We just had a guy fall of a roof. 40 feet. He broke both his arms and a few ribs. We got fined 150k

    ExtremeTurtleExtremeTurtleأيام قبل
  • I've said it before and will say it again: if your place of work uses the exact same indoctrination language as a murder-suicide cult, ala "family", GET OUT. They will work you to death with no regard for anything except their own company's appearance.

    PhoenixPhoenixأيام قبل
  • I live in the county in which the JBS plant is located. The vast majority of citizens here are absolutely brainwashed by the republican lie machine and their corporate overlords. It's genuinely sad and terrifying.

    MrBogus213MrBogus213أيام قبل
  • Oh crap Jaime! Not you too?!??! Stop acting like you have live audience and start beiing your self. Just stop. Please.

    sead facicsead facicأيام قبل
  • Only the oligarchs will be able to eat real meat. The rest of us will eat processed soldier fly protein (maggots) or estrogen-saturated "Impossible Burgers" to neuter us. Welcome to the Reset.

    Jon PublicJon Publicأيام قبل
  • All because of illegals

    B bB bأيام قبل
    • If I may ask how?

      Has the High GroundHas the High Groundأيام قبل
  • costco should kick tyson products

    Cyrus WuCyrus Wuأيام قبل
  • Thank you God this episode was not more social justice bullshit.

    pevitzachastpevitzachastأيام قبل
    • @PB & J a lot of people don’t understand what social justice mean and believe it to just be “those crazy leftist Karen’s” social justice is just treating people humanely and abiding by societal standards.

      Has the High GroundHas the High Ground22 ساعات قبل
    • As if calling out meat packing plants, for treating people inhumanely, isn't social justice

      PB & JPB & J22 ساعات قبل
    • Well that’s his thing this what you’re watching now is social justice.

      Has the High GroundHas the High Groundأيام قبل
  • wow what a third world country

    davidveale24davidveale24أيام قبل
  • I aimed for public's heart and hit it in the stomach. Upton Sinclair

    Zachary AndrewZachary Andrewأيام قبل
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    Jacky KongJacky Kongأيام قبل
  • Stop eating animals, eat the rich 🍽

    Marina and The DevilMarina and The Devilأيام قبل
  • if anyone really cared they would just stop buying chicken. oh yeah you cant your eating that same chicken right no as you read this comment all greasy handed and shit.

    texxx outlawtexxx outlawأيام قبل
    • The situation is similiar here in Germany and Austria. To circumvent the work safety rules, the factory workers are sub sub contractors mostly from Eastern Europe.

      Ptao TomPtao Tomأيام قبل
  • Horrific tales from meat packing plants? What is this, 1920? Oh wait, no, we just live in a third world country

    tbailey264tbailey264أيام قبل
    • much.

      Ptao TomPtao Tomأيام قبل
  • The meat industry is just disgusting all around, it has no regard for life either animal or human!!

    Lauren PauLauren Pauأيام قبل
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  • hi

    Merlin JaegerMerlin Jaeger2 أيام قبل
  • Another day John Oliver attacks low hanging fruit video

    Matt MMatt M2 أيام قبل
  • ...and some Americans are more inclined to bleat about sweatshops in China, Vietnam, Bangladesh et.al whilst their very neighbours are technically indentured. 🙄

    Naphtali MusnyamaNaphtali Musnyama2 أيام قبل
  • The freer the market, the freer the people, eh...

    Hellion SharkHellion Shark2 أيام قبل
  • Dear Mr.Oliver. I have a favor to ask. I understand that in order to be popular in the "great" Britain and "the colonies" you need to dilute serious conversation by adding unfunny jokes every 30 seconds (yes, go ahead, viewers, CHECK). Unfortunately, I have come to like your videos, but, fortunately, I'm neither a brit nor a yank (neither are you, they WILL hang you by the neck one day). Is there any chance you could add a special montage of your videos WITHOUT those every-30-seconds stupid jokes, for people from countries where intellect is not considered a symptom of communist satanism? Thank you.

    Maloy7800Maloy78002 أيام قبل
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    Frazier MilakFrazier Milak2 أيام قبل
  • just like, close the usa down at this point

    Alium CepaAlium Cepa2 أيام قبل
  • I'm sorry, did he say that the weapon that killed an unarmed underaged was up for auction? Flag that auction for fktards will apply.

    Dave lonDave lon2 أيام قبل
  • Way to look out for your 1% Tyson/OSHA..America? Mr Oliver, thank you.

    Ryan KarlRyan Karl2 أيام قبل
  • Sad that this is everywhere. Got a serious neck injury from a machine at a warehouse and was forced to sign a release to get back to work. At barely a living wage... I couldn't afford the time off so signed away my rights to keep a roof over my head. At another warehouse different company, while assembling cheap bbq grills the drill slipped (cheap alloy screw bent/broke) and went right through my hand. Scrubbed out the debris, band aids on both sides since it went straight through, took a day off to keep injury minimally clean but if I went to a doc seeking relief I would be released. For this one I took the loss and saw the doc. Both injuries have come back in bad ways but what am I to do? Keep your head down and keep working if you want a paycheck. I can't afford more medical bills that I can't pay off in this lifetime. This is everywhere. Corporations have taken too much.

    J LafoJ Lafo2 أيام قبل
  • The situation is similiar here in Germany and Austria. To circumvent the work safety rules, the factory workers are sub sub contractors mostly from Eastern Europe.

    dondorondondoron2 أيام قبل
  • So I wonder if things would change if "Americans " took these jobs.

    mizzury54mizzury542 أيام قبل
    • No, probably not, born and raised in Wa State, and my son worked, for a beef packing plant. He said that is exactly how it is. I am so glad he doesnt work there anymore.

      PB & JPB & J2 أيام قبل
  • There was a great reason why we didn't allow industry monopolies. Our politicians and their pets are factory farming animals, workers and NOW OUR ELDERS!

    Alison LoyAlison Loy2 أيام قبل
  • I don’t see anything wrong with betting on a number. The lottery does it. Sports bets involve two numbers. As long as they weren’t doing anything to try to manipulate the number, other than ‘downward as much as possible’, what’s the big deal? Not giving adequate breaks? THERE’S your problem!

    Bertrand ZerpersandeBertrand Zerpersande2 أيام قبل
    • @PB & J And keep in mind, that your very first message and attempt to debate this matter was made in the form of an ad hom attack, to wit, that I lack morals. These managers harmed nobody. Their wager did nothing to contribute to additional deaths. Not a bit. And if you’re honest with yourself, you wouldn’t be so ‘offended’ if the wager had been “The safety measures we have implemented should reduce Covid infections to where the number of people who contract the disease will be no greater than that of the general public contracting the disease in conducting ‘necessary only tasks’ in day to day life.” And they didn’t get fired bc the owners thought they were amoral. They got fired to appease sensitive, touchy-feely whiners in the general public so they wouldn’t lose profits.

      Bertrand ZerpersandeBertrand Zerpersande14 ساعات قبل
    • @PB & J - You need to have your logic module checked. If I have no regard for life, why would I be pro-life? And so you are wrong. I’m actually pro-choice. Strongly so. In fact, not only did a girlfriend of mine have an abortion, but it seems that there was a second case. Not with the same girlfriend though. Just not sure. I honestly do not think abortions are that big of a deal. - Actuarial science involves the use of data in the calculation of the probability of given events happening. Golf tournaments offering cars for hole-in-ones lose no money when a player manages to put that ball in the hole from the tee. The organizers went to an insurance company and paid for an insurance policy. The insurance company that provides such protection KNOWS that hole-in-ones will certainly be made over the course of the season. And they also have data that predicts the likelihood of such an event. Perhaps they even use data about which players are in the tournament and information about each players dispersion patterns from the predicted distance of the hole. And they do the same thing with life and health policies. They look at data and see how likely it is for people to die. I remember when insurance companies offered lower rates for policy holders that didn’t smoke. They didn’t do that as a public service. This would draw customers to whatever company first did this,min the form of non-smokers. And the companies knew that these customers wouldn’t die as often. You can look at it as lowering the prices for those that were going to live, but they were essentially raising the price on those that were going to die. It’s called risk assessment. Would it have made your ‘feelings’ less offended if they had bet on the number of employees that would NOT contract Covid? Probably so, because your logic module is buggy because to get that number an analysis of death rates would have to be performed. And every company that decided to reopen DID THIS FUCKING ANALYSIS. Certainly not with the mathematical rigor that insurance companies, but opening up meant that somewhere, people were going to die. And they opened up anyway because if they didn’t they would go bankrupt. Sure, use masks, social distancing, et, etc, but things things were what they did so their ‘bet’ was a little better. Take this a little bit for it. You know that management had to have a discussion about the dangers of continuing their operation of their meat packing company. And this involved people likely dying. Change the question they asked themselves. Considering that they were talking about how “Well, XX% of our employees will not suffer any negative affects from continuing operations.” Another is saying YY%. Things get heated. One of the managers, the XX% guy, used to work in actuarial science for an insurance company. The YY% manager is a little douche that nobody likes, and is very ‘in touch with his feelings’. But he is also cocky and inherited a lot of money. YY: if we go with your idea and open up my figures indicate we will have YY employees die. XX: That’s bullshit you little douche. I worked in actuarial science for an insurance company for 15 years and the data says that XX% of our employees are going to be just fine and that means that your number of deaths is way too high. YY: you’re wrong. That’s just the way I feel. You need to respect my feelings. Don’t judge me. XX: Look you know we’re going to open back up. If we don’t do companies going bankrupt. Money comes first. And speaking of money, you touchy-feely asshole, put your money where your mouth is. I’ll bet you that that XX% of our employees will be OK and not die. There’s your bet. The touchy-feely douche got in the way of science and reality. He/she was the one that said, ‘Ok, no more than X people will die.’

      Bertrand ZerpersandeBertrand Zerpersande16 ساعات قبل
    • @Bertrand Zerpersande: The fact you can type a comment, comparing human life, to simply a number. Shows your lack of regard, for any life......let me guess, you are pro-life 🤦

      PB & JPB & J20 ساعات قبل
    • @Bertrand Zerpersande: Lol.....You should take your own advice, cause I doubt anyone following John Oliver, would agree with anything you said. And if what you say is true, insurance companies are truly placing bets on human life, they are just as bad as the meat packing plants. If you can honestly say you are good, with any of these companies gambling on human life, then, like I have said, you have no moral character.

      PB & JPB & J20 ساعات قبل
    • @PB & J You continue to rant about moral character and yet support it with nothing other that an alternative spelling for a common fruit. Placing a bet on a number that one has no control over and doesn’t even attempted control is no different from betting on a roulette wheel or the guessing a lottery number. Insurance companies make millions of dollars ‘betting’ on your health and/or longevity. Want deplorable behavior? Let them deny your claim after taking your money. Go whine to somebody that gives a shit what you think.

      Bertrand ZerpersandeBertrand Zerpersande22 ساعات قبل