Supporters rally for striking Walmart warehouse workers
By Cindy Wojdyla Cain firstname.lastname@example.org October 1, 2012 3:09PM
Hundreds of supporters of striking Walmart warehouse workers march Monday at the facility in Elwood. | Cindy Wojdyla Cain ~ Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 1, 2012 4:38PM
ELWOOD — Several hundred supporters of striking workers gathered Monday afternoon in a parking lot across from the Walmart warehouse on Centerpoint Drive.
The group planned later to march across the street and block the entrance. Several supporters told The Herald-News they would be willing to be arrested in a act of civil disobedience.
Supporters rallied to highlight what they say are poor working conditions inside the Walmart warehouse.
Walmart officials deny the accusations and they say it is Warehouse Workers for Justice that is treating warehouse workers poorly.
“This isn’t really about Walmart at all,” said company spokesman Dan Fogleman. “... The union is focused on fulfilling its own agenda.”
WWJ came to Will County about three years ago to improve conditions for warehouse workers who complained they were shorted pay, worked as temps for years with no hope of being hired full time and they were quickly terminated if they got injured.