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Stand With Daniel Lopez: Tell Walmart to Stop Abusing Warehouse Workers
  • Petitioned Mike Duke

This petition was delivered to:

Walmart, CEO
Mike Duke
Walmart, Director of Community Affairs and Government Relations
Steve Restivo
Walmart, EVP Logistics
Johnnie Dobbs
Walmart, VP for Ethical Standards
Rajan Kamalanathan

Stand With Daniel Lopez: Tell Walmart to Stop Abusing Warehouse Workers

    1. Petition by

      Daniel Lopez

On February 24, I was going to lose my job. My name is Daniel Lopez, and I work in a warehouse in Mira Loma, CA, moving goods for Walmart day in and day out. With what I am paid for unloading hundred pound boxes from containers in the broiling heat, I support my four young children, two daughters and two sons. I work extremely long hours, usually six days a week, yet still is paid only poverty wages for this grueling work. I has no holidays, sick days, or health insurance.

In September 2011, my co-workers and I filed a Federal lawsuit against the operator of his warehouse for not paying them enough to meet the minimum requirements of U.S. wage laws, including not paying the minimum wage for all hours worked and not paying overtime compensation. In this lawsuit, we offer detailed accounts of how we received zero compensation for many hours worked, were denied breaks despite dangerous heat and long hours, and received zero overtime compensation despite working seven-day weeks and 16-hour and longer work days during high season. At the same time that we filed this lawsuit, the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement (the California Department of Labor) conducted an inspection of the facility, resulting in more than $600,000 in citations for recordkeeping violations alone. My coworkers and I talked to the government investigators during the inspection. Soon after, we were threatened, harassed, and finally told all 70 of them would be losing their jobs on February 24. For standing up for their basic rights, we were being rewarded with a pink slip.


Walmart moves millions of tons of goods through a vast network of warehouses hidden away on the outskirts of cities throughout the U.S. Warehouse workers do backbreaking work often for less than the minimum wage, typically with no overtime pay at all (despite very long hours), and often contracted through “temporary” labor agencies (although the workers are anything but temporary – as many work for the same facilities for years).

Walmart should solve this problem by adopting a Responsible Contractor Policy that would obligate the contractors it does business with to observe certain standards that protect workers. We demand that Walmart, the largest employer in the U.S., ensure that warehouse workers who move Walmart goods are paid a living wage, make sure they have safe, steady full-time jobs with benefits, and guarantee their legal rights are respected.

I am standing up for my rights so I can take care of my kids.  Please stand with me.

 

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    1. Reached 10,000 signatures
    2. Warehouse Workers Win Support From Federal Court on Retaliation

      Nicholas Allen
      Petition Organizer

      On February 1 a Federal judge issued an unprecedented order against Walmart contractors for threatening to discharge Daniel and his coworkers in retaliation for their efforts to assert their rights in a federal class action lawsuit. The workers won a federal injunction prohibiting Schneider from going through with the threatened mass firing, which had been scheduled to take effect on February 24.
      Even though the court has requested these Walmart contractors not fire workers for standing up for their rights, the struggle will continue to ensure that the workers are not terminated, and to create safe, full-time jobs with benefits and a living wage. We call on Walmart to adopt a Responsible Contractor Policy that guarantees that workers who move Walmart goods have the right to speak up on the job, and stand up for their rights without retaliation. Please continue to circulate this petition so Walmart gets the message: abusing warehouse workers in your supply chain is unacceptable!

    3. Reached 6,000 signatures

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    • Laura McCleery WATERFORD, MI
      • about 2 years ago

      Exactly why one should never shop at walmart. What a shameful enterprise.

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    • Frank Toscano LAKEWOOD, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      All workers should have safe working condition and fair pay. Walmart has gotten away with modern day slavery for long enough!!!

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    • Tabitha Brown ADA, OK
      • about 2 years ago

      I used to be a Walmart employee. I was harassed and pushed into 'confessing' I still $600 from a register that I wasn't near at the time of the theft. Later it was proved that it was actually my manager, who is completely opposite from me in looks, and I was expected to continue working there as if nothing happened after all my coworkers had already heard that I was a theif. Without even receiving an apology. I never went back and I can only hope that they as a cooperation figure out how to treat their employees soon!

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    • Emmanuel Kwache KANO, NIGERIA
      • about 2 years ago

      Good cause

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    • Renae Bliss MILWAUKEE, WI
      • about 2 years ago

      Walmart is legalized slavery... PERIOD!!

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