This preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.
Unformatted text preview: ted
his business in the 1930s with eighteen head of cattle. By the late 1950s he was feeding about twenty thousand.
In 1960 Monfort and his son Kenneth opened a small slaughterhouse in Greeley near his feedlots. They signed a generous union contract
with the Amalgamated Butcher Workmen, granting benefits like seniority rights and pay bonuses for work on the late shift. Jobs at the
Monfort slaughterhouse were among the highest paying in Greeley, and there was a long waiting list of people seeking work at the plant.
Greeley became a company town, dominated by the Monfort family and ruled with a compassionate paternalism. Ken Monfort was a familiar
presence at the slaughterhouse. Workers felt comfortable approaching him with suggestions and complaints. He had an unusual background
for a meatpacking executive. He was a liberal Democrat who had served two terms in the state legislature. He was an outspoken opponent of
the Vietnam war, one of the two people from Colorado to earn a place on President Ni...
View Full Document
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