The Jungle and the Meat Packing Industry Today

Upton Sinclair’s book The Jungle shed light on the labor conditions in the Chicago Stockyards helping lead to labor reform and establish work standards that still are the bedrock for workplace safety today. But meatpacking still remains a dangerous job. Joining in the conversation is Professor of Labor Relations, School of Labor and Employment, Steven Ashby, and UFCW Local 1546 Director of Food Processing, Packing and Manufacturing Jon Willigman on WBEZ 91.5 FM.

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UFCW Local 1546 represents workers in Illinois and Indiana in a diverse range of industries including grocery and drug retailers; meat cutting, processing, and packing; chemical works; nursing home and healthcare facilities, and many others.