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Scratching Out a Living"Latinos, Race, and Work in the Deep South"$
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Angela Stuesse

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520287204

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520287204.001.0001

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A Bone to Pick

A Bone to Pick

Labor Control and the Painful Work of Chicken Processing

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Scratching Out a Living

Angela Stuesse

University of California Press

This chapter recounts the inhumane treatment towards Mississippi poultry workers. These workers' safety were jeopardized daily as superiors threatened their sense of dignity, self-worth, and justice. They were reprimanded for sharing their grievances with supervisors and were quickly silenced by threats. Many felt intense pressure to do their jobs perfectly, claiming that a small mistake could be the cause for their termination. In particular, as compared to the treatment of their supervisors on the African American workers, the Latino workers complained that they were being treated more strictly regarding food safety. Despite this complaint, the immigrants were not aware that some of their Black coworkers were also subjected to discriminatory treatments, such as sexual harassment, by their supervisors.

Keywords:   poultry workers, inhumane treatment, Latino workers, Black workers, supervisors, discriminatory treatment, immigrants

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