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the most unpleasant tasks in the slaughterhouse. Their hourly wages are cut. And through a wide variety of unsubtle means they are
encouraged to quit.
Not all supervisors in a slaughterhouse behave like Simon Legree, shouting at workers, cursing them, belittling their injuries, always
pushing them to move faster. But enough supervisors act that way to warrant the comparison. Production supervisors tend to be men in their
late twenties and early thirties. Most are Anglos and don’t speak Spanish, although more and more Latinos are being promoted to the job.
They earn about $30,000 a year, plus bonuses and benefits. In many rural communities, being a supervisor at a meatpacking plant is one of
the best jobs in town. It comes with a fair amount of pressure: a supervisor must meet production goals, keep the number of recorded
injuries low, and most importantly, keep the meat flowing down the line without interruption. The job also brings enormous power. Each
supervisor is like a little dictator in his or her section of the plant, larg...
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- Spring '08