Sunday, July 10, 2011

Mother Jones > The Spam Factory's Dirty Secret

The great investigative journalist, Upton Sinclair, author of "The Jungle," who exposed the appalling crimes of the meat-packing industry over 100 years ago, must be spinning in his grave. (Indeed, if we could install a turbine there, we could probably phase out nuclear power....)

So, will our federal agencies and the Congress be prodded to investigate the appalling line speed and working conditions in US meat and chicken factories? What will it take to overthrow the oppressive conditions in such plants? If such labor violations are mostly confined to immigrant workers, do "we" even care? Oh, so many questions.

Mother Jones, July/August 2011 Issue
First, Hormel gutted the union. Then it sped up the line. And when the pig-brain machine made workers sick, they got canned.

— By Ted Genoways

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