A local warehouse worker was killed at Rich Productions on July 20th after an accident at the facility. The local warehouse has had several serious OSHA violations in the past including ‘Locking and Tagging’ violations and an accident where there was an amputee.

“Warehouse Workers for Justice are heartbroken to find out about the recent loss of a warehouse worker and community member, Wale Ogunyemi. Wale worked as a sanitation worker at Rich Products Corporation in Crest Hill, Illinois, where he was killed on the job in a senseless workplace accident. Unfortunately, Wale’s death was not the first at the…

Media Advisory: Labor and Community Groups to Document Air Pollution Outside North America’s Largest Inland Port

Local Will County organizations led by the Warehouse Workers for Justice will launch a multi-month community air testing project that will shed light on air quality surrounding North America’s largest inland port

Joliet- Building on the landmark announcement that the nation’s largest electric freight and bus manufacturer plant will be making Joliet its home, the Warehouse Workers for Justice have announced they will be launching a multi-month air monitoring project outside of North-America’s largest inland port. …

Media Advisory: Community and Labor Groups to Protest Senator Durbin and Duckworth’s Support of Controversial Northpoint Project

Organizers Say The State’s Two Standing Senators Are Out of Touch With Chicago’s Southland by Supporting the Project. At The Press Conference Organizers Will Demand the Senators Drop Their Support for the Project and To Prioritize Fighting for the Pro-Act & Green New Deal Legislation

Chicago- As part of the national launch for the Green New Deal Network’s Thrive Agenda, local groups led by the Warehouse Workers for Justice will be hosting a press conference and rally to demand Senator Durbin and Duckworth…

Labor, Community and Environmental Groups To Hold Press Conference To Encourage Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker to Stand His Ground Against Political Interference by Billionaire Developer Northpoint

The controversial 3000 acre warehouse proposal has been delayed for 3 years by stiff resistance in Will County. Now the developer and its allies are desperately trying to pressure Governor J.B. Pritzker to overrule Elwood by taking over a road in the village needed for the project.

Chicago- A press conference organized by the Warehouse Workers for Justice will encourage Governor J.B. Pritzker to stick with his decision to not take over an Elwood…

Unprecedented Report Shows Life-threatening Blindspot in Vaccinations for Essential Workers

January 12, Chicago, IL- On Tuesday, a team of worker justice organizations are releasing The COVID Jungle: Chicagoland’s Essential Food Workers and the Need for Vaccination Priority. Chicagoland is home to the country’s second largest food economy. Food production and warehousing in it’s suburbs make up a who’s who of major food corporations including Mars Wrigley, Kellogg, Trader Joe’s, Starbucks, Skinny Pops, McDonalds and more. This first-of-its-kind report shows how essential food workers, who have made quarantining possible during the pandemic, could be overlooked for life-saving vaccine priority because they’re…

Open Letter to Illinois Department of Public Health’s Director Ngozi Ekize From the Raise the Floor Alliance

December 6, 2020

Sophia Zaman

Executive Director, Raise the Floor Alliance

Dr. Ngozi Ekize
Director, Illinois Department of Public Health

Dear Dr. Ezike,

After recent reporting on the state of Illinois’ initial vaccination plans, we are writing to urge the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to prioritize essential low-wage workers in key industries that are driving COVID-19 transmission. This includes food production, manufacturing, warehousing, restaurant, janitorial service, and care economy sectors.

As the first shipments of the vaccine arrive in Illinois, we…

Media Advisory: Labor, Community Organizations and Legal Advocacy Groups Combine Efforts to Demand Vaccine Access for Vulnerable Prisoners and Essential Workers Alike

December 21, Chicago- As new COVID-19 vaccines have gotten emergency approval, it is up to state officials and local health departments to decide on deployment plans. Community organizations, labor groups and legal advocates are demanding Illinois prioritize vaccines for essential workers, including warehouse workers, as well as prisoners across the state.

“Major corporations, business associations, trade groups and unions are actively lobbying to get priority access to the vaccine right now,” said Tommy Carden, Organizer with Warehouse Workers…

As FDA Moves To Approve Vaccine and the Second Surge Rages, Warehouse and Temp Workers Urge Public Official To Include Them In Vaccine Deployment Plan

December 8th, Chicago, IL- Local essential warehouse and temporary staffing agency workers, along with local labor organizers, will host an Emergency Essential Worker Town & Press Conference to weigh in on vaccine plans currently being made by local and state health departments on the eve of the FDA’s COVID-19 vaccine approval. Outside of long-term care facilities, warehousing and manufacturing sites account for the largest portion of COVID-19 infections in Illinois, outpacing restaurants, bars, schools and…

Media Contact: Roberto Jesus Clack, 312.450.1972, roberto@warehouseworker.org

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Statement on New Amazon Delivery Center in Pullman

CHICAGO — Below is the statement from Roberto Jesus Clack, the Associate Director of Warehouse Workers for Justice, which organizes Chicago-area Amazon workers and workers in the logistics and transportation industry.

“Amazon jobs are not good jobs, and we need elected officials like Mayor Lightfoot and Alderman Beale to stop pretending that they are.”

“Even before COVID, Amazon jobs were dangerous, back-breaking, low-paid work. People cannot retire as Amazon warehouse workers because of the high turnover rate, injuries

After More Firings, Formers Mars Warehouse Workers and Allies Will Be Hosting A Halloween Costume Protest in Front of the Candy Giant’s Headquarters in Goose Island

At Least Five Workers Who Signed A Petition for Greater COVID Safety Have Been Fired at Mars Joliet Warehouse Since July.

October 27, Chicago, IL — Former and current Mars warehouse workers are returning to the Mars Wrigley headquarters for a Halloween Costume Protest of the candy giant after several charges were filed with the National Labor Relations Board on behalf of workers. Workers and their allies will be speaking out against continuing retaliation…

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