Unformatted text preview: , the former director of health and safety at the UFCW, was an invaluable source of information about the workings
of a modern slaughterhouse and the dangers that workers face there. Her article on meatpacking and meat processing in The Encyclopaedia
of Occupational Health and Safety (Geneva, Switzerland: International Labour Organization, 1998), cowritten with Michael J. Fagel, is a good
introduction to the subject. Curt Brandt, the president of UFCW Local 22 in Fremont, Nebraska, described the various tactics he’s seen
meatpacking firms use over the years to avoid compensating injured workers. Two Colorado attorneys, Joseph Goldhammer and Dennis E.
Valentine, helped me understand the intricacies of their state’s workers’ comp law and described their work on behalf of injured Monfort
employees. Rod Rehm, an attorney based in Lincoln, Nebraska, spent many hours depicting the conditions in his state and arranged for me to
meet some of his clients. Rehm is an outspoken advocate for poor Latino...
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- Spring '08