Workers Call on Walmart to Take Responsibility for Warehouses
Contact: Elizabeth Brennan at 213-999-2164
ONTARIO, Calif. – Following months of raising serious concerns about poor working conditions and poverty wages at a critical Walmart-contracted warehouse in Riverside County, workers went on strike this morning at 5 am.
Workers will hold a large rally at 11 a.m. Wednesday in front of the warehouse.
Warehouse managers have engaged in extreme intimidation, spying and retaliation against workers since they exposed dangerous and unsafe working conditions at the Walmart-contracted warehouse. Managers have issued new rules aimed to stop workers from discussing health and safety problems, installed dozens of cameras to monitor workers and threatened workers that if they continued to work together they could lose their jobs.
“We fear that every day we go to work could be our last,” said Heidi Baizabal, who has worked at the warehouse for five years.
WHAT: Rally with warehouse workers
WHEN: 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 24
WHERE: 11015 Hopkins St., Mira Loma, CA 91752
WHO: Warehouse Workers
Members of the clergy
Visuals: Large signs, a crowd of about 100 people in front of a Riverside County warehouse.
More than 85,000 workers labor in warehouses lifting merchandise out of shipping containers that enter through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and onto trucks destined for retail stores like Walmart.