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Thanksgiving Adds To Already Stressful Jobs In Poultry Plants

Butterball Huntsville
Gabriel Thompson
Slate Magazine

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.

Michael Hibblen was a journalist for KUAR News from May 2009 — December 2022. During his final 10 years with the station, he served as News Director. In January 2023, he was hired by Arkansas PBS to become its Senior Producer/ Director of Public Affairs.