Workers in the meatpacking industry have been deeply affected by the consolidation in that industry. The top four processors in each sector control between 50 and 80% of the market in beef, hogs, and poultry. The power of these companies makes it easier for the managers of these firms to block unions, drive down wages, and force employees to work faster and in less safe environments. To go to our Slaughterhouse Labor page, click here.
The National Center for Farmworker Health estimates that there are about 3 million farmworkers in the United States. More than a million work in California alone. Farmworkers face many on-the-job risks, both environmental and social. Constant exposure to pesticides, insecticides, and fertilizers can result in birth defects, asthma, and cancer. Farmworkers are frequently victims of wage theft and many live in constant fear of immigration raids and deportation. To go to our Farmworkers page, click here.