Warehouse Workers Seek Solidarity from Excluded Workers Congress targeting Walmart
This weekend, members of the Warehouse Workers United joined a small reception of the Excluded Workers Congress to share their experiences with wage theft, poor conditions and general disrespect in the Walmart backed warehouses of southern California. The overwhelming majority of goods that move through the warehouses end up the shelves of Walmart stores around the country. The warehouse workers are calling on Walmart to implement their own code for holding suppliers accountable, a code which in writing sounds wonderful, but is not realized in the daily lives of the warehouses. The standards demand that employers in Walmart’s supply chain abide by labor and employment law and provide safe and healthy workplaces for their employees.
The Warehouse Workers United are moving a petition targeting Walmart asking for this along with the re-hiring of nearly 100 workers who'd been fired by one of Walmart's contractors, Schneider Logistics, after speaking up in the Rogers-operated warehouse earlier this year. Schneider is one of the country’s largest shipping and warehousing companies. Walmart’s neverending drive to cut costs and turnaround time squeezes its contractors, like Schneider, who in turn squeeze their subcontractors, like Rogers, who pass on the big squeeze to their workers.
The Excluded Workers Congress of course pledged action in solidarity with the workers who are prepared to take courageous action in the next couple of weeks.
Click here to sign their petition.