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Huffington Post: Walmart Warehouse Workers Pilgrimage For 50 Miles Over 6 Days To Protest Working Conditions

-By Kathleen Miles

September 14, 2012- In Southern California, warehouse workers who load goods for delivery to Walmart have reached a boiling point. For the first time in their history, they have walked off the job, even though their jobs are not protected by a union.

And they're still walking. The Inland Empire group began on Thursday a six-day, 50-mile march, which they are calling a "pilgrimage," to draw attention to the poor working conditions that they say they can no longer tolerate.

About 30 workers walked out of the large warehouse where they were employed in Mira Loma, Calif., and about half of them have committed to marching the full six days, Elizabeth Brennan, a spokeswoman for Warehouse Workers United, told The Huffington Post. Joining them on the march are workers from other Southern California warehouses who either have days off or have been injured on the job.

About 50 workers each day are marching the route taken by the trucks that carry the goods they load -- from Riverside, Calif., to Downtown Los Angeles. Sleeping each night along the way on church floors and relying on supporters for meals, the marchers will deliver a letter outlining the alleged abuses they have suffered.

Addressed to Walmart executives, the letter says that workers are forced to work in 120 degree heat without a fan, that the heat and pollutants make the workers vomit and get bloody noses, and that workers are made to work without clean water or regular breaks and with faulty, dangerous equipment.

After repeated complaints, which allegedly have been met with threats, suspension and terminations, and after multiple lawsuits against their employers, workers say this new tactic is their last resort.



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