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amputated limbs are difficult to conceal from authorities. But the dramatic and catastrophic injuries in a slaughterhouse are greatly
outnumbered by less visible, though no less debilitating, ailments: torn muscles, slipped disks, pinched nerves.
If a worker agrees not to report an injury, a supervisor will usually shift him or her to an easier job for a while, providing some time to
heal. If the injury seems more serious, a Mexican worker is often given the opportunity to return home for a while, to recuperate there, then
come back to his or her slaughterhouse job in the United States. Workers who abide by these unwritten rules are treated respectfully; those
who disobey are likely to be punished and made an example. As one former IBP worker explained, “They’re trying to deter you, period,
from going to the doctor.”
From a purely economic point of view, injured workers are a drag on profits. They are less productive. Getting rid of them makes a good
deal of financial sense, especially when new workers are readily available and inexpensive to train. Injured workers are...
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
- Spring '08