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Unformatted text preview: nkly, that result from hiring new employees. Far from being a liability, a high turnover rate in the meatpacking industry — as in the fast food industry — also helps maintain a workforce
that is harder to unionize and much easier to control.
For more than a century, California agriculture has been dependent on migrant workers, on young men and women from rural villages in
Mexico who travel north to pick by hand most of the state’s fruits and vegetables. Migrant workers have long played an important role in the
agricultural economy of other states, picking berries in Oregon, apples in Washington, and tomatoes in Florida. Today, the United States, for
the first time in its history, has begun to rely on a migrant industrial workforce. Thousands of new migrants now travel north to work in the
slaughterhouses and meat processing plants of the High Plains. Some of these new migrants save their earnings, then return home. Some try
to establish roots and settle in meatpacking communities. And others wander the country...
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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