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Thanksgiving Adds To Already Stressful Jobs In Poultry Plants

A Butterball plant in Huntsville, Arkansas, one of two plants that were the subject of the report.
A Butterball plant in Huntsville, Arkansas, one of two plants that were the subject of the report.

Hear KUAR's interview with reporter Gabriel Thompson.

A Butterball plant in Huntsville, Arkansas, one of two plants that were the subject of the report.
Credit Gabriel Thompson / Slate Magazine
A Butterball plant in Huntsville, Arkansas, one of two plants that were the subject of the report.

The months leading up to Thanksgiving Day are a busy time for poultry companies that process turkeys. A new report by Slate Magazine says it also adds to an already disturbing amount of pressure for those who work in turkey plants, including one in northwest Arkansas.

Reporter Gabriel Thompson wrote an in-depth story published this week for Slate Magazine which was reported in partnership with the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute. It notes that some plants require workers not to take any days off for a 50-day stretch to meet the national demand for turkeys.

The story looks at the health impacts of repetitive movements required by workers as the birds move through plants and suggests companies are discouraging employees from seeking medical treatment. You can hear KUAR's interview with Thompson above.

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