In an historic victory, all striking RoadLink workers at Walmart’s Elwood, Ill. warehouse have won their principal demand for an end to illegal retaliation against workers protesting poor conditions. Workers will return to work and continue the fight for safe working conditions, fair pay for all hours worked and an end to discrimination.
During the 21 day strike, strikers have received a tremendous outpouring of support. On October 1 strikers and their supporters succeeded in shutting down Walmart’s largest distribution center in North America, while clergy, community and labor leaders blocked the road leading out of the warehouse to support workers on strike at the Walmart warehouse in Elwood, near Joliet. The rally brought Walmart’s distribution system into the public eye to protest unfair labor practices and other abuses in the nation’s largest inland port. On October 5, Walmart received a letter from over 100,000 supporters of striking workers at the Walmart warehouse demanding Walmart take responsibility for what is happening in their warehouse.
“With this victory, we forced the company to respect our rights,” said striking worker Ted Ledwa. “We showed that when workers are united we can stand up to the biggest corporations in the world and win.”
Warehouse workers labor under extreme temperatures, lifting thousands of boxes that can weigh up to 250 lbs each. Workplace injuries are common; workers rarely earn a living wage or have any benefits.
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