WalMart, pay the minimum wage. It's the law.
Stand With Daniel Lopez: Tell Walmart to Stop Abusing Warehouse Workers.
Why he and his fellow workers need your support
On February 24, Daniel Lopez is going to lose his job. Daniel works in a warehouse in Mira Loma, CA, moving goods for Walmart day in and day out. With what he is paid for unloading hundred pound boxes from containers in the broiling heat, Daniel supports his four young children, two daughters and two sons. He works extremely long hours, usually six days a week, yet still is paid only poverty wages for this grueling work. He has no holidays, sick days, or health insurance.
In September 2011, Daniel and some of his co-workers 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, Daniel and his coworkers offer detailed accounts of how they 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 Daniel and his coworkers 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. Daniel and his coworkers talked to the government investigators during the inspection. Soon after, Daniel and his co-workers 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, Daniel and his co-workers are 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.
Daniel is standing up for his rights so he can take care of his kids; let’s stand with him.