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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 ...|
|2699||Sun Sep 16 14:08:17 EDT 2012||Lon Gray||Melbourne, KY|
|2698||Sun Sep 16 13:00:40 EDT 2012||Christine Jolley||Grants Pass, OR|
|2697||Sun Sep 16 12:59:43 EDT 2012||Sr. Deborah Barker||Parma, OH||Talking never hurts anyone. A boycott costs you a whole lot more! Just listen.|
|2696||Sun Sep 16 12:20:28 EDT 2012||Anonymous||Salem, OR||Your advertising speaks of caring about people and these actions do not support the statements.|
|2695||Sun Sep 16 12:12:48 EDT 2012||Sabra Purvis||OK||Living in the best country in the world, I'm ashamed and embarrassed by American companies treating workers so shabbily. What ever happend to compassion and doing what is morally fair for all. Shame More....on you.|
|2694||Sun Sep 16 12:00:33 EDT 2012||sandra shannon||minooka, IL||please meet with these workers. would you like your family members working anywhere in less than good conditions.|
|2693||Sun Sep 16 11:49:22 EDT 2012||Theresa Helinger||Louisville, KY|
|2692||Sun Sep 16 11:22:49 EDT 2012||Sarah Praskievicz||Eugene, OR||I support the right of workers to a safe working environment.|
|2691||Sun Sep 16 11:21:40 EDT 2012||Jacqueline H||Freeport, PA|
|2690||Sun Sep 16 10:38:59 EDT 2012||Brian Clark||Saint Joseph, IL|
|2689||Sun Sep 16 08:28:21 EDT 2012||Glenn Dansker||Cambridge, MA|
|2688||Sun Sep 16 08:13:21 EDT 2012||David Carlson||Schererville, IN|
|2687||Sun Sep 16 02:55:01 EDT 2012||Gerardo Cornejo||Duarte, CA|
|2686||Sun Sep 16 02:43:03 EDT 2012||Marvin Plevinsky||Phila., PA|
|2685||Sun Sep 16 01:58:13 EDT 2012||Maureen Day||El Cerrito, CA||"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be filled." - Jesus (Matthew 5:6)|
|2684||Sun Sep 16 01:39:39 EDT 2012||Peter Branch||Eugene, OR|
|2683||Sat Sep 15 23:55:34 EDT 2012||R Salido||Lahabra, CA|
|2682||Sat Sep 15 23:30:34 EDT 2012||Anonymous||Erwin, TN|
|2681||Sat Sep 15 23:27:01 EDT 2012||Tommy Greene||Erwin, TN|
|2680||Sat Sep 15 23:10:11 EDT 2012||Debra Greene||Erwin, TN|
|2679||Sat Sep 15 22:12:11 EDT 2012||Mary Campbell-Stack||Cleveland, OH|
|2678||Sat Sep 15 21:23:12 EDT 2012||Susanae Glovacki||Greenfield, MA|
|2677||Sat Sep 15 21:17:16 EDT 2012||Ariel Godl||AZ|
|2676||Sat Sep 15 20:56:13 EDT 2012||Anonymous||Des Moines, IA|
|2675||Sat Sep 15 20:25:49 EDT 2012||Jen Manders||Dubuque, IA|