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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  1. Ty King
    Ty King
    4 órája

    never buying or eating Tyson piss-covered chicken again!!!!

  2. Lilikoi 808
    Lilikoi 808
    4 órája

    But what can we do to help? Boycott meat? Write letters? I do appreciate the light shed on this industry bit how to help is also important information. I feel so bad for them!

  3. roman cello
    roman cello
    4 órája

    Thank you for covering this, John

  4. Noah Leach
    Noah Leach
    4 órája

    Started watching, video not available, all hail feee VPN on phone

  5. Patricia Shelton
    Patricia Shelton
    4 órája

    good job man 0:55

  6. Jermaine Snyder
    Jermaine Snyder
    4 órája

    America has not only NOT abolished slavery, it greatly increased!

  7. Roland Woltman
    Roland Woltman
    4 órája

    Anyone else think from the title this was going to be about the spread of STDs within a certain community...? .... Don't be it... .... Ohhhhh, don't be a homophobe... I was speaking about brucellosis... you know, why we pasteurize milk.

  8. TheJoyIsMyStrength
    4 órája

    This makes me sad

  9. ViSI
    4 órája

    Stop consuming their products.

  10. george luna
    george luna
    4 órája

    China owns meat processing plants in America. They run them like their camps. Abuse Latinos to process America meat , to send back to China?

  11. Brandon Shaw
    Brandon Shaw
    4 órája

    simple solution. Stop eating meat.

  12. Empress Tarot by Gabby Turner
    Empress Tarot by Gabby Turner
    4 órája

    PLEASE TALK ABOUT THE INDIA FARMERS PROTEST. The world's largest democracy is being threatened with internet shutdowns, journalists being jailed, unilateral laws that will put the food supply into the hands of a few greedy corporations. How much will it cost to eat when there is a monopoly on FOOD? This is a global human rights issue. Millions have been protesting for MONTHS. That level of protest does not happen without cause. This matters, and the U.S. media is not discussing it at all. These protesters voices are being clamped in their own country. People are being jailed and charged with sedition for posting about it on Twitter, while pro Modi tweets are of course free to fly, giving the rest of the world a very one sided view of things. PLEASE TALK ABOUT THIS.

  13. WTFViewer
    4 órája

    Having worked for a business that was family-owned, I can say that it's NEVER a good idea to work for a family business. Families tend to let their other family members get away with stuff that would get you fired or jailed anywhere else.

  14. Shazzington
    4 órája

    I'm always a little disappointed in naked statistics like "283 meatpacking workers have died" from Covid. 1000 people are dying of Covid in the US every day from Covid, so how are we supposed to tell if that number is bad or not? Is it particularly high as a proportion of the population, relative to other professions? Give the people what they want, John: in-depth statistical analysis!!

  15. Eythor Atli Hrafnkelsson
    Eythor Atli Hrafnkelsson
    4 órája

    No wonder turkey Mitch Mcconnell was so eager to include stritch limits to companies potential covid-19 liabilities regarding their workers in those rescue deals. How any Americans not finding themselves among the elite and owners in society, choose to support the republicans who are so into theese kind of large companies pockets.... beyond me. You sure have a great thing going on over there....

  16. John
    4 órája

    Once the laugh track is removed, you see how unfunny he really is.

    1. Halcon Serrano
      Halcon Serrano
      4 órája

      He's funny. Did the piece offend you or something?

  17. Wendy Hill
    Wendy Hill
    4 órája

    You're really beating around the bush here. Just say it. You describe all the symptoms but not the root cause. The problem is Capitalism.

  18. slitor
    4 órája

    10:51 I don't get it...Its Texas, that dosen't seem...thematically correct.

  19. Sylvia Abrams-Wolffsohn
    Sylvia Abrams-Wolffsohn
    4 órája

    key take away: abolish wage slavery and unionize america

  20. Td gardner
    Td gardner
    4 órája

    The plan to have us eating gmo food rather than "organic"...

  21. Vivian Lam
    Vivian Lam
    4 órája

    our queen is back'

  22. Eri Arvizu
    Eri Arvizu
    4 órája

    go vegan

  23. Chemist
    4 órája

    that's crazy.. hard to watch. that bathroom though is hilarious, the color of a chicken breast

  24. J C
    J C
    4 órája

    Yeah. How corporations treat their workers during the pandemic is bad, but I think that the Millennials and Zoomers splashing the term "Boomer Remover" all over social media might actually be worse. It's hard to get on board with hating "Big Meat Packing" when our children don't even care if their parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles die while attached to a ventilator.

  25. ChipsMcClive
    4 órája

    Oh thank god he didn’t include Adam Driver in the list of things that consider him meat.

  26. ittimes
    4 órája

    summary: a 18 minute one sided video of every possible thing that makes tyson/poultry industry look bad in the last 30+ years, plus a little bit of race. next show: why pork/beef industry is bad ends with: buy plant based meat, because I have investments, like bill gates does.

  27. Calm Journaling
    Calm Journaling
    4 órája

    God bless you all! Jesus Christ is coming back soon! He died on a cross (and was resurrected on the third day) for you and he loves you so much. He wants you to love him and follow him and spend eternity with him. We have to repent daily. The only way to heaven is through JESUS!😇 John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 1corinthians 6:9-10 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

  28. Abhijit Malaker Anindya
    Abhijit Malaker Anindya
    4 órája

    This is American

  29. dike Jones
    dike Jones
    4 órája

    Crippling arthritis lawsuits are coming to a town near you

  30. Mpanga Chanda
    Mpanga Chanda
    4 órája

    What kinda creeps hit dislike...

  31. Justin Stowell
    Justin Stowell
    4 órája

    good job man 0:55

  32. Bader Alaraimi
    Bader Alaraimi
    4 órája

    Thank God since the epidemic I started to raise chickens and goats in my own farm. And it is so good

  33. Lader Brink
    Lader Brink
    4 órája

    There goes another damn reason to go vegetarian/vegan

  34. The Garraad
    The Garraad
    4 órája

    *Reality Meeting* *Meat plants CEOs:* let us replace humans with robotic arms, it is less headache *State Goverments:* Wait wait, some problems are okay sometimes, keep the people for tax reasons and less unemployment

  35. Nat W.
    Nat W.
    4 órája

    How can it POSSIBLY be legal to fire someone for going to a doctor/reporting an ingury? There should clearly be better labour laws and these guys obviously need to UNIONIZE

  36. M8 N8
    M8 N8
    4 órája

    Ahahhha... This guy is full of shit... People had some laughs in a bad situation.

  37. Ernie
    4 órája

    John likes Packing Meat.

  38. Vik Akam
    Vik Akam
    4 órája

    This is probably the darkest episode done by Oliver

  39. Kipso
    4 órája

    Imagine how many people are watching this rightnow as we talk.

  40. Lukas Stone
    Lukas Stone
    5 órája

    And remember a lot of politicians push harder and harder for de-regulation.

  41. Jerome McCollom
    Jerome McCollom
    5 órája

    Not all regulations are smart or good, especially if enacted by interests who want to stamp out potential competition through such kinds of regulations, but regulations on industries like this are absolutely necessary. Those who say they want to cut or gut regulations, ask, what kind of regulations do they want to gut and what is their interest in doing so? Then vote against the politicians who want to gut those regulations on workplace safety. Usually that will mean voting Democratic, but maybe always. Dems arent perfect, but better then Republicans on these issues

  42. Stephanie G
    Stephanie G
    5 órája

    before i finish this video vegans have been saying how bad these conditions people are working in are

  43. Plants Tho
    Plants Tho
    5 órája

    Yea, well, my taste pleasure is worth more to me than worker rights and animal welfare. Plants have feelings too, ya know? Customer is always right. I don't believe in science.

  44. malenaboy
    5 órája

    2.9 K people disliking this are soulless.

  45. amnesiai
    5 órája

    dont eat tyson products youll be fine without the shit nuggets and chemical fillled meat

  46. Kenneth Bachstein
    Kenneth Bachstein
    5 órája

    Boycott Tyson!

  47. Diana Hartman
    Diana Hartman
    5 órája

    Honestly, I love meat. Yum, yum, yum. What I love more, however, is workers' rights - all of which are being regularly violated by the meat industry. I don't love meat that much. Fuck the meat industry. I'm now a combative vegetarian.

  48. Anthony Porras
    Anthony Porras
    5 órája

    oh my god how sad...... continues eating chicken nuggies.

  49. Rubber duck truck
    Rubber duck truck
    5 órája

    The jokes don’t hit but the documentary is well done. Thank you oliver

  50. Sigan Quenell
    Sigan Quenell
    5 órája

    Why is everyone in Tyson's little video overweight?

  51. Yelyzaveta Zagirova
    Yelyzaveta Zagirova
    5 órája

    Heck them all! Stop eating animal corpse and none of those problem will exists

  52. Tom Sdralis
    Tom Sdralis
    5 órája

    The icky hole optionally stroke because chain immuhistochemically scribble afore a elite baby. insidious, awesome page

  53. Travis Freese
    Travis Freese
    5 órája

    good job man 0:55

  54. Ben Smith
    Ben Smith
    5 órája

    are we just not gunna talk about the last few months before this man came back

  55. ely elena
    ely elena
    5 órája

    I work in online warehouse, and yea work conditions are also horrible. lol. But at least I have a job, most people are unemployed because of covid. cant wait for covid to pass away so I can find a better job lol.

  56. Twanda Chattman
    Twanda Chattman
    5 órája


  57. Gabriel Kovalov
    Gabriel Kovalov
    5 órája

    what the hell.... family is number one....

  58. YeaDatWun YT
    YeaDatWun YT
    5 órája

    it shouldn't be a fixed value but a percentage of the profit

  59. Salmonella Curie
    Salmonella Curie
    5 órája

    When John talks about COVID cases in those workers, he’s right about them being on the line next to each other but I know plant workers and the real outbreaks come from the overcrowded houses many of the workers live in together. Many of the employees are immigrants living together, so at the end of the day, the packing companies could have all the mitigation efforts possible and still have employee outbreaks because the employees aren’t getting the virus at work, they’re getting it at home

  60. Gee Wiz
    Gee Wiz
    5 órája

    With families like these, who needs enemies?... I stopped eating chicken from companies like Tyson since 2009. When I watched Food Inc. 🤢 😢 😣 🐓

  61. Unknown Operater
    Unknown Operater
    5 órája

    Tom I love how you expose these corpo fucks

  62. Marco Aurélio Nascimento
    Marco Aurélio Nascimento
    5 órája

    It's bizarre how these state-level regulations slow down any real chance of progress. There should be a federal law protecting workers that every state must abide by, and public universal healthcare of course.

  63. Andrew Zeitler
    Andrew Zeitler
    5 órája

    The left paste subsequently phone because engineering specially consider about a third refund. inquisitive, gaudy kilometer

  64. Magdalena M.
    Magdalena M.
    5 órája

    I currently work at a grocery store. No one is required to do temperature checks, no one does them and they are not enforced. They never were enforced anytime during this pandemic. The break room is regularly filled with people who aren't wearing masks and the management doesn't care about the break room being over capacity (not to mention that the break room regularly doesn't have water for employees when they need a break). Things like this make my blood boil.

  65. Mike Hoon
    Mike Hoon
    5 órája

    John. John John John... John... I must speak to you like a child, because mentally you are thinking like one. Do us all a favor, fire your writers, and just... think for once before you actually open your mouth. It's what your father taught you. But because he is not here, and your an American now, lets go over what would have happened in your utopia. In every relationship there are multiple sides... not just one. In this case, the customers, the people. You present a picture here of the companies that they are heartless... and it's of course easy to do! as you have shown. But lets turn the other cheek and just LOOK, look at it for a moment. What would have happened... Lets assume, these companies decided instead to furlough workers, cut production, and slow lines down to socially distance. you're probably then cutting production capacity down by AT LEAST 1/4th. most likely 1/8th of what it was doing. Now... that means each plant produces oh, lets go worst case. 1/8th of what it was doing... what that would mean would be... you'd have meat supplies for the country dropping to less than 20% before the pandemic, you'd have a food shortage, Compound this, meat packing has this problem! but so does crops in general, and anything to do with manufacturing goods from crops! like corn, beans, legumes, greens, ect... all have very similar issues to what you just said! so lets slow them down to, oh, only by 1/4th of their current speed! lets do that to protect the workers! Which would lead to shortages at factories, which would lead to shortages of literally every food product in every city. There would be a run on the markets, meat, any type of meat would be out of stock, any type of food would become astronomically expensive, as production ground to a near halt Prices would skyrocket, there would be a run on any sort of preserved foods before those ran out (cans, frozen, ect), as the prices on those went up, food banks would empty, people would begin to starve. Any regulation would just make it worse by the way... it always does, fixing price but limiting supply is part of what caused every socialist society to collapse. Oh and it just THEN gets worse. The hogs/chickens/steer still NEED to go to market. The fruits and veggies must be picked, packed and sent on... You cant turn off the fact these are animals growing... just like you couldn't turn off the fact that crops grow. When you remove the ability to process, now you're left with an overabundance of supply to process. Anyone not locked into a contract is trying to offload everything they can... so the price DROPS. on every sort of supply, everything. Farms go bankrupt as they are unable to pay their bills... Then nothing gets grown as its in the courts. Worst of all, those things not being able to be sold off will have to be put down, so we would be seeing piles of cows put down in fields, then set ablaze, along with crops that can go unused... healthy crops, food ready to be eaten would be destroyed because there was no place to put it, transport it, or process it. It wont happen. Which will then be filmed and sent to cities, to where the people are starving because they cant get food, because the system breaks down. So. In your utopia, we would have, massive starvation, riots in the streets, law and order completely breaking down, our country at least entering a great depression if not causing a global depression, massive hyperinflation to destabilize the currency, potentially even breaking down the social fabric as people use any means necessary to secure food for their families, and, if we're lucky, a death toll only in the tens of millions by the end of it... with the world forever changed and never the same. Now you may call me ridiculous that the government would not let it get to that point. You're right. They wouldn't, and most likely would nationalize the entire industry temporarily under something like the war powers act to force production to continue. Though this arguably would reduce output, and create long term problems for the entire country, most likely extending or worsening our current economic situation. But fortunately, we didn't have to go that far, we didn't have to get the government involved at all. Thanks to the brave men and women, those who were willing to work, and keep food on the tables, we were able to get through the worst part of this nightmare without a world shattering event. By them showing up to work everyday and working hard, in those conditions, and yes some died of it, they made all our lives better. Those individuals are heroes and need to be thought of as such. Their sacrifices must not be in vein, and we as a society need to come together after the pandemic to thank them all and think how we can repay them for their sacrifice. So now, as your substitute father figure you obviously didn't have as a child, I'll tell you this. John, you're a moron. Now do us all a favor, sit down, shut the hell up about things you know nothing about.

  66. ACD D
    ACD D
    5 órája

    imagine this is America, and how much worse would meatpacking facilities would be in developing countries i.e. China...!

  67. Moder_Nord
    5 órája

    So glad I’m vegan... Best thing I ever did..

  68. petmom ful
    petmom ful
    5 órája

    Now I am even happier that I do not eat meat or animal products.

  69. Daniel D
    Daniel D
    5 órája

    A fraction of a f**k given... This are the people feeding america, they deserve better.

  70. Mari Puranen
    Mari Puranen
    5 órája

    Please boicot these companies! You don't need to eat that shit! 🤢

  71. George Hayum
    George Hayum
    5 órája


  72. stoop911
    5 órája

    The infamous bassoon immunochemically boil because glove initially wink vice a gainful cream. sleepy, laughable morocco

  73. Jonathan Fauerbach
    Jonathan Fauerbach
    5 órája

    Love to have you back Oliver!

  74. Hot Mess
    Hot Mess
    5 órája

    The only solution other than not eating meat is cannibalism

  75. bigwheelsturning
    5 órája

    Maybe time to go vegan.

  76. Caden Bracken-Sorte
    Caden Bracken-Sorte
    5 órája

    LETS FUCKING GOOOOOO, AFTER I READ FAST FOOD NATION I NEEDED ATTENTION BROUGHT TO THIS!!!!!! post note: some attention brought to sanitization workers would be nice

  77. codabay
    5 órája

    I've worked for Butterball and Tyson for a total of just about 4 years, never going back to that kind of labor again. Glad to see this kind of video giving attention to this!

  78. pdxtim97209
    5 órája

    I'm thinking about being a vegetarian. I think I can do it. This video is great motivation.

    1. DiahRhiaJones
      4 órája

      I assume you're thinking about that because of ethical reasons? Vegetarianism isn't an ethical stance, its a diet that includes the same products from the same industries. Veganism is the ethical stance which cuts ALL OF IT out whether its a slab of rotting cow flesh, or secretions mixed into cosmetics.

  79. nicholas.m.tucker
    5 órája


  80. Peter Hine
    Peter Hine
    5 órája

    A very good piece, John. I think it hasn't changed much since Upton Sinclair wrote his book, 'The Jungle,' in 1906. Managements complete criminal disregard can be seen by a fire at a chicken factory. The Hamlet chicken processing plant fire was an industrial fire in Hamlet, North Carolina, at the Imperial Foods processing plant on September 3, 1991, resulting from a failure in a hydraulic line. 25 workers were killed and 55 injured in the fire, trapped behind locked fire doors. We need strong unions to fight for workers rights and safe work places. And it's not just the food industry.

  81. Michael Weiss
    Michael Weiss
    5 órája

    Who won the betting pool at Tyson?

  82. Jorge Padilla
    Jorge Padilla
    5 órája

    Wild capitalism, what do you spect?

  83. bored piggy sadie
    bored piggy sadie
    5 órája

    No wonder so many people are dead.

  84. Aaron Crowder
    Aaron Crowder
    5 órája

    How dare you refer to Judi Dench without her title as Dame!

  85. trefader32
    5 órája

    I'll always appreciate Last Week Tonight's main segments because it so important for us in a democratic self-governing society to learn about the unseen corners that are failing. What I have a problem with is all the Americans who don't vote, dont understand how USG functions, and dont understand whos largely responsible(Republicans) for our inability to build a more perfect union. The ignorance of these Americans, who know nothing about the rest of the world, have driven themselves deep into a self-hating/"America is the worst" online echo chambers; exacerbated by foreign disinformation campaigns. The fact is if you look around the world, very few countries are doing better than America. UK: Yes, they have NHS and we should have something similar. But Brexit is partially similar to Trump's "Build The Wall". Their treatment of Albanian immigrant workers is no better than the way we treat our South America neighbors. China: The great Communist Utopia for online leftists. Why do you think everything is made in China? Its because there is no labor protections, no minimum wage enforcement, worse factory working conditions. Good healthcare is expensive. Cheap healthcare is a scam. AND under the CCP no Chinese citizen is ever allowed to organize a movement to make these things better. Its to time be honest about whats good about America and what needs serious work/activism. Stop lying or fooling yourself about how everyone is better than us, because its just not true.

  86. A Little Of Everything
    A Little Of Everything
    5 órája

    Who remembers when John Oliver was funny?

    1. Don'tSpikeMyDrink
      5 órája

      i do, happened this episode, you going ok?

  87. E K Daufin
    E K Daufin
    5 órája

    That “family” sounds like places I’ve worked for talking about their teachers who they treated like poo. 🤦🏾‍♀️

  88. Skyler Everest
    Skyler Everest
    5 órája

    I'm so happy this is back

  89. Bladeofwar94
    5 órája

    2:00 I love when businesses call their employees family. Turns out some families are abusive....

  90. [Sail Hatin] -Soap
    [Sail Hatin] -Soap
    5 órája

    Capitalism kills.

  91. ftjipee
    5 órája

  92. Shreyas Bharadwaj
    Shreyas Bharadwaj
    5 órája

    Go Vegan!

  93. BSFencer
    5 órája

    Pretty bold move to treat people this way while knowing just how fast and skilled they can be with a knife.

  94. k bee
    k bee
    5 órája

    Covid Kim Reynolds, Iowa's Governor first political contributor is pork processing. She didn't even bother to count the Tyson factory cases in our state Covid numbers in public health. In fact, recently she auctioned off an afternoon with herself for money and the pork processing guy bought it. Disgusting.

  95. steve big
    steve big
    5 órája

    That nurse needs to be reported to the board. That's unacceptable. I worked as an EMT on standbys for sports and if I even had a slight suspicion of injury I would either call an ambulance or refer them for further aid. Unacceptable.

  96. Rd
    5 órája

    I was told by my a past employer once _"If OSHA ever shows up here at work, everyone put down your tools and go to lunch"_

  97. Zanarkand
    5 órája

    John always brings to light what most folks may not even be aware of but then it's up to us all to make the change. Not just watch this video "feel bad" then go about our day like nothing mattered.

  98. Aamir Rassiwala
    Aamir Rassiwala
    5 órája

    Glad to see not much has changed since the Jungle

  99. TheVryfst
    5 órája

    Abusive family

  100. Adam G
    Adam G
    5 órája

    The world's fucking doomed and America is leading the charge. They not only commit human rights abuses on par with the worst but they genuinely fight for those abuses, pretend they're not abusing and manage to convince millions of other Americans that deregulation is a good thing and has them fight for the rights of abusive multi-national businesses. Unbelievable, honestly. Yeah, Tyson and Purdue definitely deserve less regulation, gotta save those jobs. Lol I don't get it, don't get that excuse. Is a horrible, mistreating job really worth saving, and is it not better to have that job be better with regulation? How many, how many times will we have to see what these huge companies do without regulation?