The IBP Revolution

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Before the "IBP Revolution", Greeley functioned as an ideal staid American town. Its residents were initially hand-picked to travel there from the east coast. It maintained temperance laws in which alcohol could not be consumed legally well after Prohibition ended. It was the type of place where people believed they had rights and fought to maintain them. Once IBP set the standard for lowering wages and banning the presence of unions, other companies including Montfort and Swift & Company had to engage in the same practices to be able to turn out a product that could compete with IBP's. Therefore, they engaged in the same type of deliberately negligent treatment of their workers merely to keep pace with IBP. IBP was able to break through meatpacking and butcher unions by engaging in business in locations in which unions did not have a strong presence. Furthermore, it hired a number of foreigners and illegal immigrants who did not have any rights. High turnover rates particularly for individuals involved with a union made it all the more difficult for unions to establish a presence in the company. A large part of the reason for the desertion of Chicago's once lucrative meatpacking industry is Upton Sinclair's 1906 novel The Jungle. This novel was centered upon Chicago and exposed the unsanitary conditions of the meat and the plants that the workers had to be in. Thus, when reforms in the industry started, they were centered in Chicago. Prior to IBP, the meatpacking
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