Mira Loma, Calif.- After working in scorching heat with no breaks for hours on end, roughly 100 workers at a Walmart contracted warehouse took legal action against Schneider Logistics after noticing wages were being stolen from their paychecks.
The action prompted a notice to terminate the workers en masse, a discharge that was scheduled to take effect on February 24th, and a series of legal battles in which a California District Court barred the Walmart contractor from firing the workers.
After weeks of legal wrangling and uncertainty as to whether the Walmart agent would comply with the court’s ruling, Schneider Logistics agreed to comply with the Court’s order and keep the workers on a full-time basis, converting them to hourly pay (throwing out the legally problematic piece rate system that was at the core of the workers’ wage theft complaints) and eligibility for benefits, marking a huge victory that will have national implications for workers’ rights.
However, the fight is far from over. Warehouse Workers and officials from Warehouse Workers United will be available Saturday, Feb. 25th to discuss the impact of the landmark ruling and their next steps toward ensuring Walmart and other big-box retailers treat their employees with dignity and respect.