Too Low! Study shows meatpackers having employment issues due to wages

Meatpackers are having trouble attracting workers because their wages are too low.

That is according to a study from an ag economics journal, which found that the national average of $15 dollars an hour is too low for workers. In fact, the lowest they are willing to accept is $23 dollars an hour, along with health and retirement benefits, and a signing bonus.

If more benefits were part of meatpackers’ employment offer, respondents said that they would consider less than $20 dollars an hour.


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