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Walmart: Meet with your Warehouse Workers
Following months of extreme tension, high temperatures, and intense pressure in a major Walmart-contracted warehouse, courageous workers – without having a recognized union – went on strike this morning to protest retaliation by their warehouse employers. They are calling for safe working conditions and that Walmart take responsibility for working conditions in the warehouse.
To date, Walmart has ignored repeated requests for a meeting to discuss safer working conditions. Now, the workers are asking for our support. Sign the petition to Walmart executives demanding they meet with these workers.
On Monday, September 17, our signatures will be delivered by workers to executives at Walmart in Los Angeles following a six-day, 50-mile march by workers from their warehouses.
As supporters of warehouse workers who move boxes of goods destined for Walmart stores across the U.S., we are asking Walmart executives to meet directly with the workers.
Marta injured her back because of the grueling pace inside the warehouses and now she is unable to work. Limber works under dangerous conditions, forced to use broken equipment and at risk of dehydration because of inadequate access to clean drinking water.
The work is unsafe, injuries are common, and the pay is so low workers cannot make ends meet. Right now, the temperatures in Riverside and San Bernardino top 100 degrees daily and inside the metal containers the temperature can get up to 120 degrees. There is little ventilation and the heat and pollutants workers inhale can make them vomit and bleed from the nose. Workers face intense retaliation from management if they say anything about the conditions.
Workers have tried several times to reach out to you, writing letters and using the channels that Walmart provides in its “Standards for Suppliers.” Even after filing official complaints about health and safety violations and notifying Walmart directly about illegal working conditions, you have ignored these workers. But this is not an isolated problem that will just go away: there are thousands of warehouse workers in Southern California, Chicago, New Jersey and elsewhere who labor to stock Walmart shelves – all facing similar conditions.
We, who have signed below, are asking you, Walmart executives and Board members, to sit down with the workers to learn about their experience moving your goods and to figure out how you can ensure all of Walmart’s contractors and suppliers follow the law and live up to your own standards. Walmart, you set the standards for the industry; with a little good will, you can help ensure humane working conditions for thousands of warehouse workers in your supply chain.
Supporters of the Warehouse Workers
|Number||Date||Name||Location||Share a comment for Walmart ...|
|2724||Sun Sep 16 23:27:29 EDT 2012||k danowski||pgh, PA|
|2723||Sun Sep 16 22:33:19 EDT 2012||Sue Christiansen||Iowa City, IA|
|2722||Sun Sep 16 22:17:41 EDT 2012||Hale Landes||Naperville , IL|
|2721||Sun Sep 16 21:56:33 EDT 2012||David Weinstein||MA|
|2720||Sun Sep 16 21:48:51 EDT 2012||Anonymous||St. Charles, IL|
|2719||Sun Sep 16 21:48:11 EDT 2012||Rebecca Pontikes||Cambridge, MA|
|2718||Sun Sep 16 21:27:27 EDT 2012||Chet Nettestad||Pelican Rapids, MN|
|2717||Sun Sep 16 21:23:14 EDT 2012||Sue&Tim Scholl||Kansas City, MO|
|2716||Sun Sep 16 20:59:12 EDT 2012||Steve Winters||Elizabethtown, PA|
|2715||Sun Sep 16 20:44:31 EDT 2012||tim lynch||Harrisburg, PA||I support workes for safe conditions|
|2714||Sun Sep 16 20:28:03 EDT 2012||Mary Hennigan||Dedham, MA|
|2713||Sun Sep 16 20:10:49 EDT 2012||emmett schaefer||jamaica plain, MA||208 -->207As an ex-warehouse worker and now a professor, i believe i have some understanding of how easy it is to hurt your back working in a warehouse. When the pace of the work is unreasonable, injuries are certain.|
|2712||Sun Sep 16 19:30:07 EDT 2012||Alison Altman||Cambridge, MA|
|2711||Sun Sep 16 18:50:09 EDT 2012||Armando Hierro||Orlando, FL|
|2710||Sun Sep 16 18:33:41 EDT 2012||Mary Ellen Anderson||Vancouver, WA|
|2709||Sun Sep 16 17:59:48 EDT 2012||Cindy Hildenbrand||*Portland, OR||Be a good citizen and work with these workers and their issues.|
|2708||Sun Sep 16 17:59:29 EDT 2012||Brandon Koenig||Brooklyn, NY|
|2707||Sun Sep 16 16:49:20 EDT 2012||Salme Armijo||Blue Diamond, NV|
|2706||Sun Sep 16 16:38:00 EDT 2012||Anonymous||CT||Keep workers safe|
|2705||Sun Sep 16 16:23:16 EDT 2012||Barbara Kilpatrick||San Mateo, CA||Working conditions need to keep up with the times. Keep workers safe and treated equally. With Walmart's clout and power, they could become a tremendous asset.|
|2704||Sun Sep 16 15:57:59 EDT 2012||Celine Metzger||Villa Maria, PA||Walmart Leadership,
You have an obligation to meet with your warehouse workers and to listen to their legitimate complaints regarding working conditions. Please respond to the warehouse workers' complaints More....before there are serious injuries or deaths. Thank you. Sr. Celine Metzger
|2703||Sun Sep 16 15:44:40 EDT 2012||ShaLuJuan Williams||Tacoma, WA|
|2702||Sun Sep 16 15:34:31 EDT 2012||Doug Wingeier||Lake Junaluska, NC|
|2701||Sun Sep 16 15:31:10 EDT 2012||Ed Braukus||NEW PHILADELPHIA, PA|
|2700||Sun Sep 16 14:26:10 EDT 2012||Anonymous||Lancaster, PA|