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Alliance formed to aid warehouse workers

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

The Times Weekly

We’re here for a common goal,” stated Deborah Myers, People United for Change, to her audience. “We want to change what is happening in our community. How can you help us reach this goal in Springfield? That’s what we want from you today.”

People United for Change, along with Warehouse Workers for Justice, organized a meeting of Joliet’s African American organizations to begin constructing an alliance to address according to the group, the abuses found among logistics /warehouse workers in Will County. The meeting, which was held on Saturday at Sacred Heart Church in Joliet, included the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Operation People United to Serve Humanity, Unity Community Development Corporation, Joliet Area Church-Based Organized Body, Joliet Black Chamber of Commerce, and representatives from the Will County Democratic Party and Black Contractors of Will County.

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“The truest labor cause I’ve observed in quite a while…”

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010
By Bill Droel

Warehouse Workers for Justice is “the truest labor cause I’ve observed in quite awhile,” says Thomas Garlitz of the Diocese of Joliet Social Justice Ministry.

WWJ attempts to improve conditions far behind the scene of abundantly stocked shelves in Wal-Mart, Target, Home Depot and similar stores. Although the effort is roundabout and difficult, WWJ is forming groups of warehouse workers to bargain for better treatment, new management policies and legislation.

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Warehouse workers bridge racial divides, push reform legislation

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Working In These Times
by Kari Lydersen

On Friday night Reverend Craig Purchase saw a nature program about aggressive hornets who terrorize bees, slicing the heads off worker bees and gobbling up their hives. But the bees are able to beat the hornets by surrounding them in a suffocatingly hot buzzing “bee ball.”

The show inspired Purchase, the pastor of a suburban Chicago church, for a meeting of warehouse workers and allies that held on Saturday. Part of the Warehouse Workers for Justice campaign, the meeting aimed to bring African-American and Latino warehouse workers together in the fight for decent wages and working conditions and an end to the highly exploitive temporary staffing structure that characterizes the industry…and leaves many workers too afraid to speak up.

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