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Workers fight for justice, from Wal-mart to chipotle [USA]

Author: Amy Goodman, Southern [USA], Published on: 14 October 2012

[scroll down page for Wal-Mart response and other material] Wal-Mart workers launched the first strike against the giant retailer in its 50-year history, with protests and picket lines…across 12 states. Many of these nonunion workers are facing retaliation from their employer…The strikers are operating under the banner of OUR Walmart…OUR Walmart members…[are] [d]emanding a stop to the company’s retaliations, the group promised a vigorous national presence at Wal-Mart stores on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and the largest retail shopping day of the year…warehouse workers employed by Wal-Mart subcontractor RoadLink [based in Elwood] went out on strike…According to Warehouse Workers for Justice (WWJ), “warehouse workers labor under extreme temperatures, lifting thousands of boxes that can weigh up to 250lbs each. Workplace injuries are common; workers rarely earn a living wage or have any benefits.”…after 21 days on strike in Elwood, the workers “won their principal demand for an end to illegal retaliation against workers protesting poor conditions. [also refers to Chipotle] [We invited Roadlink to respond to the concerns raised but it declined]

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Related companies: RoadLink Transportation Solutions (part of RTS Holdings) RTS Holdings Walmart