Blood, Sweat, and Fear
Workers’ Rights in U.S. Meat and Poultry Plants

 "But workers [in the meat and poultry industry] ... contend with conditions, vulnerabilities, and abuses which violate human rights." - Human Rights Watch Report, January 2005

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I. Summary

II. Historical Background

III. International Law: Workers’ Human Rights, Government Obligations, and Corporate Responsibility

IV. Worker Health and Safety in the Meat and Poultry Industry

V. Workers’ Compensation in the Meat and Poultry Industry

VI. Freedom of Association in the Meat and Poultry Industry

VII. Immigrant Workers in the Meat and Poultry Industry

VIII. The Impact of Hoffman Plastic on Workers’ Rights

IX. Recommendations

   Appendix A: The Production Process in Meat and Poultry Plants

   Appendix B: Human Rights Standards on Workers’ Health and Safety, Workers’ Compensation

   Appendix C: Human Rights Standards on Freedom of Association

   Appendix D: Human Rights Standards on Migrant Workers

   Appendix E: Tyson Trial Transcript

   Appendix F: Injury Interviews and Data

   Appendix G: Nebraska’s Meatpacking Workers Bill of Rights

   Appendix H: Nebraska Non-English Speaking Workers Protection Act

   ISBN: 1-56432-330-7   January 2005