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Unformatted text preview: urnover rate in meatpacking is driven by the low pay and the poor working conditions. Workers quit one meatpacking job and
float from town to town in the High Plains, looking for something better. Moving constantly is hard on their personal lives and their families.
Most of these new industrial migrants would gladly stay in one job and settle in one spot, if the wages and the working conditions were
good. The nation’s meatpacking firms, on the other hand, have proven themselves to be far less committed to remaining in a particular
community. They have successfully pitted one economically depressed region against another, using the threat of plant closures and the p romise of future investment to obtain lucrative government subsidies. No longer locally owned, they feel no allegiance to any one place.
In January of 1987, Mike Harper told the newly elected governor of Nebraska, Kay Orr, that ConAgra wanted a number of tax breaks — or
would move its headquarters out of Omaha. The company had been based in the state for almost seventy year...
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- Spring '08