Fast Food Nation

More than seven hundred people in at least four

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Unformatted text preview: ry the rate was 337.1; and in the meatpacking industry it was 912.5. See “Industries with the Highest Nonfatal Illness Incidence Rate of Disorders Associated with Repeated Trauma and the Number of Cases in These Industries,” Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, December 2000. adds up to about 10,000 cuts: According to Berkowitz and Fagel, some production jobs can require 20,000 cuts a day. Berkowitz and Fagel, Enclyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety, p. 67.14. 174 beef slaughterhouses often operate at profit margins: According to Steve Bjerklie, the profit margin for slaughter is about 1 percent, with additional earnings from processing and the sale of byproducts. See Steve Bjerklie, “On the Horns of a Dilemma,” in Any Way You Cut It, p. 42. widespread methamphetamine use: Many workers told me stories about meth-amphetamine use. See also Lee, “Meatpacking towns seen as key funnel for meth.” only one-third of IBP’s workers belong to a union: Cited in Cohen...
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