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not encourage them to lodge complaints. Workers who have traveled a great distance for this job, who have families to support, who are
earning ten times more an hour in a meatpacking plant than they could possibly earn back home, are wary about speaking out and losing
everything. The line speeds and labor costs at IBP’s nonunion plants now set the standard for the rest of the industry. Every other company
must try to produce beef as quickly and cheaply as IBP does; slowing the pace to protect workers can lead to a competitive disadvantage.
Again and again workers told me that they are under tremendous pressure not to report injuries. The annual bonuses of plant foremen and
supervisors are often based in part on the injury rate of their workers. Instead of creating a safer workplace, these bonus schemes encourage
slaughterhouse managers to make sure that accidents and injuries go unreported. Missing fingers, broken bones, deep lac...
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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