Striking warehouse workers work for a company working for Walmart, but the distinction is a difference that makes no difference. Working conditions for warehouse workers are the 21st century equivalent of those endured by coal miners in Germinal and Wigan Pier.
From The Guardian:
A group of workers at a warehouse that supplies Walmart stores have gone on strike to protest what they say are dangerous labour conditions and retaliation by management against employees who complain about them.
Organisers for the activist group Warehouse Workers United, which is working in the booming warehouse industry that has grown up in the Inland Empire region of southern California, say at least 20 workers had walked off the job and were protesting outside the gates of a warehouse run by transport firm NFI.
Labour abuses in the Inland Empire’s warehouse industry have recently been highlighted in various media and academic reports. Experts say the industry, which is thought to employ some 110,000 people, is often staffed by poor, immigrant workers who toil for long hours with little pay and in unsafe conditions. One recent survey by the WWU and the University of California interviewed 101 workers and found that 83 of them said they had suffered a job-related illness.
The striking workers at the NFI facility have filed an official complaint with California labour authorities on conditions that they say show inadequate safety protection, not enough access to drinking water in warehouses that can reach 125F on a hot day, and a management culture that bullies them.
I have read reports suggesting that the current strike by Chicago teachers is hurting the Democratic Party and President Barack Hussein Obama.
I say fuck them both because, after courtinng the labor vote in 2008 with promises of full support for the Employee Free Choice Act, both have chosen to fuck labor.