First the good news: Yesterday, Cal-OSHA, announced $60,000 in fines against two of Walmart's subcontractors in Southern California. This is a significant victory.
However...The workers who blew the whistle on these unsafe working conditions were punished, and warehouse workers who blow the whistle on unsafe working conditions continue to need our help!
Let's do our part & take a stand
with these courageous fellow workers as they stand up to Walmart and its chain of subcontractors here and around the world.
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Thank you for your continued support for warehouse workers as they fight for better working conditions and a brighter future for their families."So we all may survive."
Yesterday, the California state agency responsible for ensuring safe and legal working conditions, Cal-OSHA, announced $60,000 in fines against two of Walmart's subcontractors in Southern California. While this vindicates workers and proves their safety concerns were legitimate, it doesn't change the fact that the bravest workers, the whistleblowers who spoke out about poor working conditions, were punished for speaking out.
A donation of $50 to the Si Se Puede! Fund will help warehouse workers who blow the whistle on terrible working conditions. 100% of your donation will help workers.
Yesterday was a busy day. The Wall Street Journal reported that Walmart is feeling pressure going to monitor its domestic warehouses. While Walmart provided no details, we know that a credible monitoring program will include workers and guarantee freedom of association. Until Walmart does that, workers who expose shocking working conditions in Walmart-contracted warehouses will continue to be retaliated against for speaking up, they will lose hours and even their jobs standing up for safe, humane jobs.
Please consider a donation of $50 or more to our Si Se Puede! Fund to support workers who have experienced retaliation.
Speaking out against working conditions in Walmart’s supply chain takes a lot of courage. Walmart is the largest company in the world, the largest private-sector employer, and it has the power to dictate working conditions and wages for workers around the world.
Workers in Bangladeshi garment factories, shrimp processing plants in Louisiana, contract-warehouses in California and Illinois and in Walmart stores all over the country started a movement in 2012 to hold Walmart accountable. With your help, we can continue to grow in 2013.
Happy New Year and thank you,
Guadalupe Palma, Deputy Director
Warehouse Workers United
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