Walmart Warehouse Workers in Elwood, IL Demand an End To Illegal Retaliation

Unfair Labor Practice Charges Are Filed with the National Labor Relations Board 

Warehouse Workers for Justice

 Wednesday November 14, 2012,  warehouse workers filed charges of unfair labor practices against four employers operating Walmart’s largest distribution center located in Elwood, IL.

Schneider Logistics, Roadlink Workforce Solutions, Select Remedy and Skyward Employment Service are all charged with violating workers rights under the law.  Illegal threats, intimidation and discipline against workers organizing for improved conditions are the bases for the unfair labor practice charges filed today.

“We work hard and deserve to be paid fairly, have a safe workplace and be treated with dignity as human beings.  If Walmart thinks we will be silenced by this illegal retaliation, they are wrong” said Walmart warehouse worker Phil Bailey.

In Mira Loma, CA today dozens of warehouse workers walked off the job at a Walmart-contracted warehouse Wednesday morning to call for an end to continued retaliation against workers advocating for fair treatment and safe conditions.

Workers at the Walmart warehouse in Elwood, IL went on strike for three weeks this fall to protest unfair labor practices committed by Roadlink Workforce Solutions.  They won their three week strike on October 6th when Roadlink rescinded all retaliation and paid the strikers for all the days they were on strike. The unfair labor practice strike was triggered by management’s discipline against workers attempting to present the company their concerns about wage theft, unsafe conditions and discrimination. They are demanding an end to retaliation against workers who organize to end the poor conditions.

Warehouse workers labor under extreme temperatures, lifting thousands of boxes that can weigh up to 250 lbs each. Workplace injuries are common; workers rarely earn a living wage or have any benefits.

Warehouse Workers for Justice is an Illinois worker center dedicated to fighting for quality jobs in the distribution industry that can sustain families and communities.

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