Meatpacking: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Feb 21, 2021
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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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    Kevin DueckKevin Dueck17 minutes ago
  • Who's early for Last week's tonight this Monday 😂

    Jose DeLosAngelesJose DeLosAngeles24 minutes ago
  • 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.

    HiddenHidden26 minutes ago
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  • I must be packing, the way I got this meat

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  • Yet another reason capitalist corporations should have nothing to do with peoples’ healthcare.

    Zarkin DagnastyZarkin DagnastyHour ago
  • John should really cover the horrific practices in the fudge-packing industry, I heard it's dreadfully painful...

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    Michael SanchezMichael SanchezHour ago
  • Your show is not comedy but well educational well done it is modern days slavery for those companies it is getting worse by day in this country

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  • Don't forget, Trump wanted to OK these companies' request to increase the line speeds.

    John McLachlanJohn McLachlan2 hours ago
  • Why do you dub instead of subtitle?

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  • Great work John

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  • Everybody should watch John Oliver. His channel is one of the most honest and unbiased on youtube so far.

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  • The next time you go to the grocery store to buy boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.99/lb remember what it takes to make chicken that cheap. At that price, it’s insane to think that anyone in that food production chain can be treated well and still provide a profit to the company. I just wish I knew if the companies that sold their products for more were treating their workers better,.

    MomChemistMomChemist3 hours ago
  • Thank you, thank you, thank you for telling the truth!

    Martha SalomaaMartha Salomaa3 hours ago
  • They fired the employees yet we are going to muster up some fake outrage anyways. What else do you want Jon Oliver?

    Lonnie BornLonnie Born4 hours ago
  • the dude pissing under the conveyor belt... suspended! How about fired? Well, honestly he's not making anything much more worse than it already was. Destroys human health, destroys the earth, destroys animals needlessly. Animal agriculture is complete garbage. Go vegan.

    whenifeellowwhenifeellow4 hours ago
  • It's funny that I have actually heard about all of this from the knife problem to the pissing on the line. Apparently the urinating on the line thing was not due to performance needs but just the level of care they took with the food. It was just a case they didn't care and that was the level of employee they hired.

    David HammonsDavid Hammons4 hours ago
  • Maybe employ furries, webcomic artists and Deviant Artists, they love being in Diapers.

    MforMovesetsMforMovesets4 hours ago
  • I have heard so many stories of people pissing on meat production lines, especially hotdog's.

    David HammonsDavid Hammons4 hours ago
  • Yes, "chicken chips" sounds gross, but what's even more gross is holocausting chickens every day to make "chicken chips".

    goodgamegabigoodgamegabi4 hours ago
  • They should cut most of the jokes and have him slow down his delivery. His delivery is so breathless its just hard to listen to. The jokes are really bad, they are like Family guy, its just a formula, it doesn't feel creative at all.

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  • There were times in human history when people didn't know much about tooth care, or showering, or washing their hands after they take a shit. They weren't very healthy or long-lived during these times. You will never brush your teeth or wipe your ass into immortality, but still, we know for certain that cleaner living is smarter, healthier, and smells better. I've been vegan since 1995 and have worked online since 2012. I'm a Buddhist, and understand we are evolving, but the trouble you all put yourselves through is, to me, starting to look deserved.

    William JonesWilliam Jones5 hours ago
  • so, why does it take someone on HBO to talk about this shit? cuz i dont hear anything about this topic. i know problems come from unions, but this is just an argument to unionize if i ever heard one. i believe unions should be mandatory for any factory jobs if you're just a standard worker , this is just bat shit crazy.

    BlueNeuroBlueNeuro5 hours ago
  • How did you not mention "The Jungle"?

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  • Kill capitalism before it kills us all.

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  • Seems crazy to me to talk about human rights when these companies actually kill millions of animals every day.

    Maximilian WeissMaximilian Weiss6 hours ago
  • I see the issue being ultimately dealt with with technology. Computer controlled carving stations replacing workers seems like what will eventually happen. If minimum wages go up and regulations get tighter, these megacompanies will invest money to automate the process as much as possible.

    Flint IronstagFlint Ironstag6 hours ago
  • Democrats should be ashamed themselves for letting this happen to workers. Too much regulation means smaller companies are booted out of competing with bigger companies.

    Francis YawsonFrancis Yawson6 hours ago
    • lol no

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  • Really unusual this episode starts with John touching up on Cuomo's nursing home cover-up and procedure , meat packing, and Ted Cruz. Out of the 30 minute episode, 98% is about Ted Cruz and the meatpacking. John considers himself moral and a voice for the people. 28 minutes of covering partisan issues to his favoring where maybe 200 people died versus the Cuomo event where thousands died. Cuomo received 10 seconds of airtime. What a partisan hack that has a moral compass that needs to be reset.

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    Alexander The GreatAlexander The Great6 hours ago
  • Same corona problems at the meat industry in Europe.

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  • He would know a lot about packing meat his boyfriend said.

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  • So sad and infuriating. Gonna start buying organic only. Thanks John.

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  • A lot of people never worked a job alongside people who got life altering injuries and were then intimidated and dominated by an employer colluding with the healthcare provider ... and it shows.

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  • Problem: caused by heavy regulation and lobbying Solution: more regulations! Rinse and repeat.

    Fernando Takeshi SatoFernando Takeshi Sato9 hours ago
  • In Germany we also had many big Covid outbreaks caused by meat packing factories with simular contutions. I'm pretty sure most industrialised countries have them. It's just horrible ...

    Lisa ShadowprincesLisa Shadowprinces9 hours ago
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    Gene StewartGene Stewart9 hours ago
  • Wow.. this show is doing God's work.

    the Mercthe Merc9 hours ago
  • Mr. Oliver, a related and excellent article by Jane Mayer, Trump and Mountaire chicken processing, and exploiting "essential" (aka minority, immigrant, and low-income) workers: So glad you are back!

    SkatingErinsMomSkatingErinsMom9 hours ago
  • Kind of assumed this sort of thing would be mostly automated by now. I guess I kind of expected it to be like in a 90s cartoon, a long automated cutup line with a bunch of giant hammers and sawblades coming outta nowhere (I am that dumb yes).

    matenzomatenzo9 hours ago
  • The real question is why CNN hires white supremacists like Jim Acosta.

    Jaques StudlyJaques Studly9 hours ago
  • Good suggestions AND you can also simply stop eating animals.

    stefanc7stefanc710 hours ago
  • Real news instead of just talking about politics. I appreciate it.

    Raymond KidwellRaymond Kidwell10 hours ago
  • Not only animals are abused but also the workers go thru mistreatment? Unfrigin real! Just watch a video on how animals are treated and you will stop eating meat. We don’t treat dogs like that.

    M DM D10 hours ago
  • So ummm... Socialism is evil? Capitalism works fine and everyone works perfectly eh?

    niduoe streniduoe stre10 hours ago
  • and i was thinking europe was a bad place to live in people in china have better working conditions then the USA has to offer

    Okay VIIOkay VII11 hours ago
  • Go vegan

    Brian KBrian K11 hours ago
  • I find the show pretty informative and enjoy watching it, but the jokes and analogies need a lot of work...

    Naveen SilvaNaveen Silva11 hours ago
    • When a product is free, you are the product When a product is cheap, someone else is paying. In suffering

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  • Will anything ever change ? I honestly don't think so

    Zena ALZena AL11 hours ago
  • The people near the top of the hierarchy can sometimes be the most worthless and corrupt. The workers who actually do the work are treated inhumanely- just because they are deemed "replaceable" with other vulnerable people. F'*** this world.

    Psyche Desiree Een CastilloPsyche Desiree Een Castillo12 hours ago
  • Is this episode about the backstreet boys reunion tour?

    GRiZfam 303GRiZfam 30312 hours ago
  • This is a rare case where it is justified to like or dislike this video equally Because the truth is excruciatingly painful. 16:09 is an absolute tragedy unlike nearly anything I've ever heard, and we have heard a lot.

    Madman AsaMadman Asa12 hours ago
  • Wow, talk about timely... I was just offered a job at a local chicken processing plant as an occupational nurse. I can understand the frustration of the employees thinking we really can't do anything to help them and they are correct. All we are legally allowed to do is basic first aid (bandaids and Tylenol) and refer them to the weekly on-site doctor for chronic conditions. Obviously if there is an urgent situation we are the first ones to respond and have to call 911. I would also be in charge of worker's comp claims, being told that I have to "weed out the fakers since no one really wants to do this job." Yeah, no shit. It's cold, wet, and they are constantly covered in chicken parts. Plus I got that casual racism vibe that's unfortunately very common down here in the deep South, as most of the workers are either minorities and ex-cons. Definitely a lot to consider before I accept the offer.

    Vermicious KnidVermicious Knid12 hours ago
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    LANgamerLANgamer12 hours ago
  • Dear John, Stop writing your own jokes. -Everyone

    girzwald3girzwald313 hours ago
  • «Perdu » is « lost » in french. So we can say Jim is LOST.

    Guillaume ParéGuillaume Paré13 hours ago
  • All of the likes are fake.

    InnovaInnova13 hours ago
  • I used to work at pilgrims pride. So this one hits home. They have paperwork that tells you what each of your limbs are worth to the company and how much you will get off you accidentally lose one.

    James HandsonJames Handson13 hours ago
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  • Remember, the solution isnt to go fucking vegan. The solution is voting for people that care about unions and worker's rights

    StarStar14 hours ago
    • @Love Love But your individual footprint is a drop compared to ANY factory, don't get swept up in the "its actually ALL our fault" propaganda from the fossil fuel industry

      StarStarHour ago
    • Going vegan/reducing meat is good for the environment. It reduces your carbon footprint.

      Love LoveLove Love11 hours ago
  • When a product is free, you are the product When a product is cheap, someone else is paying. In suffering

    StarStar15 hours ago
  • Good show.. but when I watched the birds get butchered, I gagged in front of my child...

    bob lupobob lupo15 hours ago
  • Meatpackers are only going to get fucked over again when the next pandemic comes thanks to human's evil treatment of animals and evil companies.

    dandycliff2dandycliff215 hours ago

    Андрей ПушкарьАндрей Пушкарь15 hours ago
  • BOICOT MEAT ALREADY What more proof do you need? Torture, animal rights, social rights, illegality, deforestation, climate change...

    D MolinaD Molina15 hours ago
  • Let's boycott these companies by just reducing our meat intake while also helping the environment, win win situation!

    lorenzo donadiolorenzo donadio15 hours ago
  • Lol 😂

    Victor ChVictor Ch16 hours ago
  • Ah another segment on industrialized slavery. Man, this country stays true to its core principles!

    Rachel Ann JeromeRachel Ann Jerome16 hours ago