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. nedomedo
    Hace 30 minutos

    Organize and unionize! That goes for workers all across the country. "The Market" will never regulate itself. When the federal and state governments cut funding for inspection agencies, they won't be able to make inspections. And when the governments make laws that prohibits inspections, and when the fines are equivalent of us paying 0.0002 cents for parking tickets, you know that the system is broken. Such working conditions, in which people get badly hurt on a daily basis, are appalling! You know how politicians and everyone keeps saying that the US is the greatest, freest and most democratic country in the world? That's simply and absolutely not true. It's the greatest for those who have money, who can buy cheap labour, without a second thought given to workers' safety and well being. You are disposable. You need to organize and unionize!

  2. luckystriker
    Hace 38 minutos

    all outlined in the book fast food nation by eric schlosser almost 20 years ago. nothings changed.

  3. Evan Canellakis
    Evan Canellakis
    Hace un hora

    Those facilities are Inhumane

  4. Evan Canellakis
    Evan Canellakis
    Hace un hora

    Even after watching this I’m still a proud meat eater

  5. Emily An
    Emily An
    Hace un hora

    all the local farms and not just how the animals are treated. Thanks for this post!

  6. Utopianx8x
    Hace 3 horas

    Yet another reason to become vegan. Appalling

  7. C Stone
    C Stone
    Hace 3 horas

    That Perdue commercial 🤣🤣😄

  8. Thunder
    Hace 6 horas

    Time has not been kind to Oliver

  9. Gerald Juve Jr.
    Gerald Juve Jr.
    Hace 7 horas

    We can 'regulate' all we want. They (the elite) will simply find the loophole, or some other 'legal' maneuver, increase prices for goods and services etc. and basically screw the working class for the plain simple reason: the ludicrously rich enjoy being that way, and no matter how much they have IT WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH!

    1. Emily An
      Emily An
      Hace un hora

      the machinery for humans to Process the animals Safety first slow down the greedy money machine.

  10. Sarah Hill
    Sarah Hill
    Hace 8 horas

    In school rn, I'm learning about how in the 1890s we had these same exact problems. Shit hasn't changed.

  11. William Moffett
    William Moffett
    Hace 8 horas

    You either want socialism or you are somehow using exposes like this to convince yourself you feel bad about these conditions while having no intention to do anything about them because you believe you benefit from it.

  12. Lyonel Laverde
    Lyonel Laverde
    Hace 10 horas

    The 5,000 who didn't like this video support workers being treated worse than the meat at these plants.

  13. Natália Catelan
    Natália Catelan
    Hace 11 horas

    Please make an episode about Brazil durring the pandemics

  14. Seth Orr
    Seth Orr
    Hace 11 horas

    Bru I'm from waterloo we get recognized when one if our dumbasses say something stupid bet

  15. Jessica Robinson
    Jessica Robinson
    Hace 12 horas

    Heavily reliant on labor trafficking where do you think all those migrants end up? Oh

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    Hace 12 horas

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  17. Dee Negron
    Dee Negron
    Hace 12 horas

    America is not a country, it's a business. Money has trumped integrity, and lives. Your oppression is their profession.

  18. Agatha Illa
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  19. missxenopus1000
    Hace 13 horas

    Considering how inhumanely factory farmed animals are raised and slaughtered, is it surprising that factory farm owners treat their workers poorly? Factory farms have a total disregard for life in general :-/

  20. matt fontaine
    matt fontaine
    Hace 13 horas

    What about Cuomo?

  21. Terry Folderson
    Terry Folderson
    Hace 14 horas

    Its not just meat packing plants that mishandle food just take a look at the thousands of stories that come up every month from fast food employees doing every unimaginable act under the sun to the food they're serving

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  23. Mitchell Krouth
    Mitchell Krouth
    Hace 15 horas

    As an employee of a meat packing in Green Bay Wisconsin on the kill floor I witnessed many bad things which you are mentioning. In the main issue is standards slow down the machinery for humans to Process the animals Safety first slow down the greedy money machine.

  24. Michael Spyridon
    Michael Spyridon
    Hace 15 horas

    Top 3 people you don't want wearing boxes on their heads while working: Neurosurgeons Airline pilots OSHA inspectors

  25. Michael Spyridon
    Michael Spyridon
    Hace 15 horas

    9:00 the nurse puts on bengay and sends you on your way and it's not even worth going. So apparently meat packing plants hire their nursing staff from the same pool of candidates as prisons and public schools.

  26. Drecon84
    Hace 16 horas

    I really feel bad for that man's actual family if he treats them like this.

  27. Certificate Of Vaccination I.D. 19
    Certificate Of Vaccination I.D. 19
    Hace 16 horas

    America dont sound so great to me

  28. Happy Thoughts
    Happy Thoughts
    Hace 16 horas

    Sounds to me like capitalism is working at its finest

  29. Joseph Roland
    Joseph Roland
    Hace 16 horas

    I don't care about the working conditions of illegals. They knew what they were getting into when they came here.... illegally

  30. albert mooney
    albert mooney
    Hace 16 horas

    anyone read the jungle by upton sinclair?

  31. Joseph Roland
    Joseph Roland
    Hace 16 horas

    "it's just a fun fact that I'm throwing in there for no reason" lol transparent clown. Your race-baiting is obvious

  32. VP
    Hace 17 horas

    I love you LWT. I appreciate your show so much that I pay for it on youtube. Unfortunately I live in Canada. So I was amazed by the fact that I have access more quickly to your content using a VPN in the US where the show is up one week earlier. Could you guys please fix this? Again thank you.

  33. Juan Contreras
    Juan Contreras
    Hace 19 horas

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

  34. L Lamoy
    L Lamoy
    Hace 19 horas

    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

  35. Chistian White
    Chistian White
    Hace 20 horas

    Why is milk the reason the family pet became possessed?

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    Hace 20 horas

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  37. Jojo Toto
    Jojo Toto
    Hace 21 un hora

    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

  38. Vladinek Januška
    Vladinek Januška
    Hace 22 horas

    American capitalism is fcked up game. People working on low positions are basicly slaves. No rights, no value, no future.

  39. nathanial merwin
    nathanial merwin
    Hace un día

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  40. Yang Daily - Andrew Yang News podcast
    Yang Daily - Andrew Yang News podcast
    Hace un día

    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.

  41. rckblzr12
    Hace un día

    Is there a legit reason why the plants put out so much food? Seems like a lot of it goes to waste in supermarkets.

  42. Ak
    Hace un día

    6:24 lmao ironic

  43. Liana H
    Liana H
    Hace un día

    He did an upton sinclair's the jungle 100 years later

  44. John Alexander Singleton
    John Alexander Singleton
    Hace un día

    yeah well you've never been to a casino then, prudes. Cancel the chicken nugget order, stat

  45. SpaceViking
    Hace un día

    America slipping down the slope. Sad.

  46. Jake Skelington
    Jake Skelington
    Hace un día

    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...

  47. n3rdm4n
    Hace un día

    > a product that is wildly popular in this country Watching woke people trying to sound smart?

  48. mydoggotshavedtoday
    Hace un día

    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

  49. Ant Circus
    Ant Circus
    Hace un día

    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.

  50. Numinous Nihil
    Numinous Nihil
    Hace un día

    Waiting for libertarians to wax about how free markets will set us free

  51. Michael Johanson
    Michael Johanson
    Hace un día

    11:10 bathroom looking like the weeknd halftime show

  52. Wedding DJ Rob Soundz
    Wedding DJ Rob Soundz
    Hace un día

    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.

  53. Manvir Singh
    Manvir Singh
    Hace un día

    I've been following you for years!!!!! When would you make a video about farmer protests in India? Ignore if you already have :)

  54. Johnny_Island
    Hace un día

    Automated machines can build cars but can't pack meat?

  55. Some Guy From The Internet
    Some Guy From The Internet
    Hace un día

    The show has always been preachy and extremely biased, but since the doing it in the void 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.

    1. Vergin Meats
      Vergin Meats
      Hace un día

      The don’t

  56. jonescity
    Hace un día

    Even though this was a somber subject there was soooo many opportunities for Adam Driver jokes here...I was half expecting it.

  57. Zakkuya
    Hace un día

    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.

  58. Joan Harrison
    Joan Harrison
    Hace un día

    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.

  59. Richard Kuklinski
    Richard Kuklinski
    Hace un día

    “Meatpacking” is what John Oliver does with other men every night.

  60. Moon Memento
    Moon Memento
    Hace un día

    it's totally our country.

  61. Nob ody
    Nob ody
    Hace un día

    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.

  62. Harmony Mitcham
    Harmony Mitcham
    Hace un día

    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.

  63. thecraftycreeper
    Hace un día

    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

  64. Steven Evans
    Steven Evans
    Hace un día


  65. George State
    George State
    Hace un día

    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 ?!?!?!

  66. BanXxX69
    Hace un día

    05:39 I think I just lost my faith in humanity knowing these things are already happening in a 2nd world country...

  67. Luis Tarantini
    Luis Tarantini
    Hace un día

    I dont know who unironically would watch this clown.

  68. Drops2cents
    Hace un día

    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! :-)

  69. BanefulLeaf x
    BanefulLeaf x
    Hace un día

    Thank God I'm not from the States😖

  70. BanefulLeaf x
    BanefulLeaf x
    Hace un día

    When a company says we're family, RUN!

  71. Tharun Sonti
    Tharun Sonti
    Hace un día

    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.

  72. Emma Sayers
    Emma Sayers
    Hace un día

    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.

  73. Kyle Knight
    Kyle Knight
    Hace un día

    John Oliver is garbage.

    1. Cdsnz 23
      Cdsnz 23
      Hace un día

      Ok? why did you feel the need to leave this comment instead of just not watching his videos

    2. Kyle Knight
      Kyle Knight
      Hace un día

      @Anurag Chakraborty i used to like his segments but his comedy just dont do it anymore unfortunately. Idk just my opinion

    3. Anurag Chakraborty
      Anurag Chakraborty
      Hace un día

      Why? This video doesn't have much of a political side to it.

  74. Fakn Lars
    Fakn Lars
    Hace un día

    The US = 3rd world

  75. Meban Kharkongor
    Meban Kharkongor
    Hace un día

    You can replace the owl with John Oliver's picture and no one would even know the difference 😂

  76. Laine La Cava
    Laine La Cava
    Hace un día

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

  77. Ethan Bondick
    Ethan Bondick
    Hace un día

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  79. Linda John
    Linda John
    Hace un día

    Shit just left me speechless. Just.. wtf.

  80. Velvet Thunder
    Velvet Thunder
    Hace un día

    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. 🤷🏻

  81. Bee V
    Bee V
    Hace un día

    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.

  82. Bee V
    Bee V
    Hace 2 días

    Is this still a comedy show?

  83. Mamanicole I
    Mamanicole I
    Hace 2 días

    I thought slavery was abolished in America 155 years ago? Some world leader😧😧😧😧😧😧

  84. Pearl The Spinster
    Pearl The Spinster
    Hace 2 días

    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.

  85. Wayne Tan
    Wayne Tan
    Hace 2 días

    Do a segment on teacher’s union!

  86. Sekai
    Hace 2 días

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

  87. SemiEinstein
    Hace 2 días

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

  88. Agnes Burton
    Agnes Burton
    Hace 2 días

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  89. DeepFried OhioGravy
    DeepFried OhioGravy
    Hace 2 días

    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...

  90. Sandy Diller
    Sandy Diller
    Hace 2 días

    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.”

  91. 1844junkercars
    Hace 2 días


  92. sasquatchize
    Hace 2 días

    Sounds too much like my current factory job making FUCKING hot tubs/spas

  93. Trinity Hope
    Trinity Hope
    Hace 2 días

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  94. HohHoch
    Hace 2 días

    I feel like there's a whole book about this...

  95. Bass Little
    Bass Little
    Hace 2 días

    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

  96. GreenDanGerman
    Hace 2 días

    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.

  97. BigPiece Gaming
    BigPiece Gaming
    Hace 2 días

    Nothing will happen

  98. Gerhard Adler
    Gerhard Adler
    Hace 2 días

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

  99. Johan Kramer
    Johan Kramer
    Hace 2 días

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

  100. TheEngineered
    Hace 2 días

    Incoming dick joke