Skip to main content

So on to the next installment of my experiences working as a meat cutter in a meat packing plant. One of the first and most depressing  parts of the job is the physical plant and crew areas...in a word it sucks,its a old masonry block building built in the 1960's and never upgraded.The cut room floor is different though that space looks like a NASA factory but every where else is dull dreary soiled broken scuffed  and so much more.We start in the parking lot that is used by up to 1000 cars.It was paved 20 years ago but now the broken pavement just adds to all the bumps, bomb craters, and mud holes.Next is my locker room .They needed more space so what was once a shower  room had 2 foot lockers installed on top of each other and the bathroom is off to one side and the 1950's plumbing is in such disrepair that the toilets routinely over flow and the floor is sloped into my part of the locker room so i start my day in 1 to 2 inches of raw sewerage which I will walk in, take off my shoes, and put on my rubber boots all while standing because there are no benches..I than put my home shoes in the same locker that my equipment is stored in so the contamination is spread from the floor to my locker, to my tools.

The rest of the plant is pretty much like this.The bathrooms that service the cut floor are made for about 20 people but there are hundreds all coming off the floor at the same time with only 10 mins to take a piss and only 20 spots to piss in so they use their imagination and the walls, the drains the trash can....I do think if the place was kept up and nice maybe the job wouldn't suck so much but 12 hours plus in the shit hole just weighs on you in a emotional way that cant be described .

Originally posted to lightarty on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 05:25 PM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions and Retail and Workplace Pragmatists - Members and Editors.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site