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Please respond!  Received an email asking me to support workers from a Walmart "subcontractor" who are marching 50 miles in Southern California this month from Riverside to LA. Walmart claims no blame for the appalling working conditions of its subcontractor. All that our fellow workers are asking from us is to sign a letter of support. Please go here and sign. Such a small effort on our part means so much to them.

Or here at the web site for Warehouse Workers United.

Millions of American workers are at work this very day working at low wage jobs without union protection. Let us not forget about them. They are our Fellow Workers just as surely as those we work with face to face.

Please see the email below. Makes me want to pack up right now and go and join their march!

My name is Limber, and I work at a warehouse moving goods for Walmart in Southern California. Right now temperatures top 100 degrees daily and inside the metal containers we unload it can reach 120 degrees. Our pay is low and injury is common. We face pollutants, inadequate access to clean drinking water, little ventilation and intense retaliation if we speak up about our working conditions. I have seen workers fired if they are injured on the job.

We need your help to improve jobs for warehouse workers. This month warehouse workers and supporters are marching on a 50-mile pilgrimage from Riverside to Los Angeles to win respect and basic improvements to our working conditions.

We want humane working conditions and we want Walmart to sit down with warehouse workers to hear about our experiences moving Walmart goods. Up until now Walmart has ignored us.

Sign our letter to Walmart asking Walmart executives to meet with warehouse workers and live up to their own Standards for Suppliers.

It may seem like a small thing, but because we work for subcontractors, Walmart thinks it can look the other way and pretend like it has nothing to do with illegal working conditions we face. Not anymore.

We are delivering the letter to Walmart executives in L.A. when we arrive at the end of our pilgrimage and we would like to have your support.

Will you join us?

¡Sí se puede!

Limber Herrera
Warehouse Worker
Riverside, California

We may not be able to join them on the march but at least we can sign a letter of support!

"Who come's to speak for the skin and the bone?"


Originally posted to In Support of Labor and Unions on Thu Sep 06, 2012 at 12:22 PM PDT.

Also republished by Invisible People and Anti-Capitalist Chat.

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

    by JayRaye on Thu Sep 06, 2012 at 12:22:36 PM PDT

  •  Done and thank you. (7+ / 0-)

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Thu Sep 06, 2012 at 12:30:30 PM PDT

  •  SCOTUS AND GOP want to take us back to 1910... (2+ / 0-)
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    JayRaye, Vote4Obamain2012

    I have never seen anything like this:  subcontracting out labor, with no recourse for the abused.  Incredible!  SCOTUS has held that liability does not even cross state lines and lines of communication within the same company, among different locations, LET ALONE ACROSS DIFFERENT COMPANIES!

    It's a terrible racket.   My take on this mess in Aldus Shrugged (because I cannot say it any better than this right now):

    The new corporate culture and the pro-business judicial environment allow big corporations to game every part of the system.  A great example is found in giant retailers contracting out millions of warehouse labor positions, instead of expanding their own real - W2 - workforce.  The money they save on employee benefits is substantial, and deserved.  This is Capitalism, after all.  But the Supreme Court has held that liability does not cross lines of corporate entities, and various stores among the same large corporation; let alone different companies altogether.  Those out-sourced contract workers are a great example of all of this.  They labor under the banner and logo of the prime contractor:  the big name retailer, always a huge household name we all know.  And it’s not as if that big name company is out of the picture.  The contract workers regularly get visits and pep talks directly from managers of the big name retailer, even though they work for XYZ Contracting Corp, or some unknown entity like that.  So, legally speaking, there is a lot of mixing of entities and crossing of lines going on.  Historically, this mixing and crossing of lines opens doors to all kinds of liability.  But the current Supreme Court won’t let that happen.  And of course, in the rush for profit maximization at any cost, the lowly contract employees get abused and overworked.  And these days, they can’t do anything about it…like back in 1910.   This means that most large companies can act with impunity and feel very secure.  And still, they complain and lobby for more protections; and as an extra sand-kick in the face, tort reform continues to be a disingenuous GOP talking point that will save the economy.  Relax, my corporate brother from another conglomerate:  Nobody seems to be piercing any corporate veils these days.  Plus, mom always liked you better.

    Aldus Shrugged : The Antidote to Ayn Rand. Buy ALDUS SHRUGGED on amazon, and ALL royalties will be donated directly to HELP ME TO HELP THE BIG O!!! And follow the fun: @floydbluealdus1

    by Floyd Blue on Thu Sep 06, 2012 at 12:59:49 PM PDT

    •  Thank You, Floyd Blue (1+ / 0-)
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      I may yet pack up & join them, if they'll have me.

      Can't stand sitting still while my fellow workers suffer in these conditions.

      They pay the price for all that cheap crap in Walmart Stores.

      WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

      by JayRaye on Thu Sep 06, 2012 at 01:03:15 PM PDT

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      •  PS, & thank you for taking the time to post (0+ / 0-)

        all of that good (even if very depressing) info.

        Knowledge is power.

        When Corporations are People, they are Giants who can crush the rest of us.

        WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

        by JayRaye on Thu Sep 06, 2012 at 03:05:40 PM PDT

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  •  Signed and forwarded ... also tipped & rec n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    JayRaye, Vote4Obamain2012

    "Life without liberty is like a body without spirit. Liberty without thought is like a disturbed spirit." Kahlil Gibran, 'The Vision'

    by CorinaR on Thu Sep 06, 2012 at 01:04:51 PM PDT

  •  Sometimes I think we're headed toward The Jungle (2+ / 0-)
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    JayRaye, Vote4Obamain2012

    As I read your diary, I couldn't help but think of that novel.  The treatment of these subcontractors is deplorable.

    JayRaye, thanks for your unswerving commitment to workers' issues.

    •  Thank You, VetGrl! (1+ / 0-)
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      he said he meant to hit them in the heart, but hit them in the stomach instead! Sometimes I think most Americans are heartless when it comes to low wage workers.

      Maybe they'll wake up when 75% of us are poor, instead of "only" 25%.

      In spite of last night, I'm feeling discouraged today as I think of so many of our fellow workers, working long hours for low pay in terrible conditions, and little being done to organize them.

      And so few Americans care as long as they can get all that cheap crap at Walmart.

      WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

      by JayRaye on Thu Sep 06, 2012 at 01:13:29 PM PDT

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