Poultry workers in the United States being treated horribly. All part of the American dream.
You want to go to the bathroom? Forget about it......Get back to work and shut your mouth. If you really have to go then wear a diaper.
This is why the illegal Alien issue will never be resolved.......Because corporations LOVE illegal aliens. They work for cheap and get NO rights. You step out of line and you will be deported. It is a beautiful thing. Republicans will never fix it and neither will Democrats. Both parties wouldn't want to disappoint their corporate contributors who enjoy taking advantage of all the human suffering.
"It's just basic human dignity, the right to be able to use the bathroom when you need to, as opposed to having to hold it for two hours until the next break, or worse, having to wear diapers or urinating or defecating on yourself
The inability to use the bathroom when needed comes in a high-injury industry, where the repetitive motion involved in the work can leave workers with wrist pain and worse.
"We've seen women that can't hold babies because their hands are so deformed from processing a chicken every two seconds, it's the same motion once every two seconds for eight to 10 hours a day," Ogletree said. "When they can't move their hands anymore, they find a way to dispose of the workers.
Allowing for bathroom breaks is a logistical challenge at a poultry plant, an industrial operation where the whole line slows if one part stops, Workers who need to use the bathroom must ask a supervisor, who then has to find someone to fill the spot to keep the line running.
in the course of hundreds of interviews only a handful of workers described their bathroom needs as respected, with those exceptions occurring primarily in plants with unions.
(PERFECT EXAMPLE OF WHY REPUBLICANS AND CORPORATIONS HATE UNIONS. UNIONS FORCE DECENT TREATMENT AND THERE IS NOTHING MORE APPALLING THAN HAVING TO TREAT PEOPLE WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT. THAT IS WHY ALL THE POWERS THAT BE ARE TRYING TO KILL THE UNIONS. IT IS SUPER IMPORTANT.)
Workers represented by unions reported feeling comfortable leaving or stopping the line when their requests were denied too long. About two-thirds of the poultry workforce is not unionized.
One survey of 266 workers in Alabama conducted by the Southern Poverty Law Center found almost 80 percent were not allowed to take bathroom breaks when needed. A recent survey in Minnesota found 86 percent of workers interviewed said they get fewer than two bathroom breaks a week.
(TWO BATHROOM BREAKS A WEEK.......YOU GET TO GO TO THE BATHROOM ON TUESDAY AND THURSDAY......THE REST OF THE TIME YOU HOLD IT. NOW BACK IN LINE SCUM BAG.)
Workers interviewed by Oxfam and partner organizations reported being yelled at or made fun of by supervisors, who also threatened firing or deportation.
(DEPORTATION......A WORD NO ILLEGAL ALIEN WANTS TO HEAR. BETTER JUST PUT ON THE DIAPER.)
The harassment is "exacerbated when the worker needs to ask permission to go to the bathroom, and the supervisor is feeling the heat to keep the line moving,
a worker at a Pilgrim's plant in Alabama said supervisors regularly threatened people: "Go to the bathroom, and from there, go to Human Resources." An employee at a Tyson plant in Arkansas said: "Our supervisor always makes fun of us. He says we eat too much so we go to the bathroom a lot." Another Tyson worker in Arkansas noted: "One of the ladies who works with me was pregnant, and she was crying and walking out because our line lead didn't let her go to the bathroom." A woman worker at a Perdue plant in the Delmarva region cited in the report said she once waited so long that she defecated in her pants before she got a break.
"Women have to tell male supervisors why they have to go to the bathroom and only have a few minutes to go and return. The supervisors are not considering the time it takes to walk to the restroom, remove your gear, put your gear back on and return to the line in those few minutes."