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Walmart warehouse workers strike

Workers at a Walmart distribution center near Joliet went on strike Saturday to protest what they say is illegal retaliation.

According to a release from Warehouse Workers for Justice, they’re protesting intimidation and retaliation following the filing of a federal lawsuit charging violation of wage laws earlier this week.

On Thursday, workers at Walmart’s huge warehouse complex in Elwood, Illinois, filed suit against Walmart contractor Roadlink Workforce Solutions alleging they hadn’t been paid for all hours worked, hadn’t been paid for overtime, and in some cases were paid less than minimum wage, according to their attorney, Chris Williams of the Workers’ Law Office.

It’s the sixth lawsuit by Walmart warehouse workers in Elwood charging contractors with wage theft, said Leah Fried of WWJ.

Last week workers at Walmart warehouses in California went on strike to protest retaliaton by contractors for organizing activity.

In California, contractors at Walmart warehouses have been fined hundreds of thousands of dollars for violations of workers’ rights, and a federal judge has issued injunctions to protect workers, including an injunction to stop the mass firing of workers who had filed a wage theft lawsuit, according to WWJ.

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Category: labor, wage theft, Wal-Mart


3 Responses

  1. Susan says:

    You go! It is a shame the Wal-Mart owners get rich due to their price gouging, unfair labor practices and treatment of it’s employees. I hope all WalMarts unionize and bring the company back to it’s original intent on providing quality items that are made in the USA

  2. […] Warehouse workers walked out on September 15 when several workers were fired by Roadlink Workforce Solutions, a Walmart subcontractor, after they tried to present demands for improved conditions to management.  One of the fired workers was also a plaintiff in a wage theft lawsuit filed against Roadlink days earlier that week. […]

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