FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 17, 2012
CONTACT: Elizabeth Brennan at 213-999-2164 or elizabeth•brennan@changetowin•org
CONTACT: Caroline O’Connor at the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor at 213-400-8401
“WalMarch”: Final Day Tues., Sept. 18…
Warehouse Workers to End 50-mile,
6-Day Pilgrimage at LA City Hall
Hundreds to Greet Marchers, Demand Responsibility from Walmart;
LA County Fed’s Maria Elena Durazo, Dolores Huerta, Rep. Judy Chu to Join
LOS ANGELES – Hundreds of warehouse workers and their supporters will march their final steps through Downtown LA after walking 50 miles from the Inland Empire for safe jobs. Hundreds of community members, clergy and elected officials will greet the weary marchers on the West Steps of City Hall where they will hold a rally and press conference.
The “WalMarch,” a 50-mile, 6-day pilgrimage of warehouse workers, is drawing national attention on deplorable working conditions inside Southern California warehouses that serve major retailers including Walmart. Workers are asking for basic yet critical improvements on the job: fans to combat the 100 degree heat, functioning equipment, clean water, regular breaks, and an end to inhumane work quotas and retaliation for speaking up about safety conditions.
WHAT: WalMarch Final Day: Hundreds to rally and greet warehouse workers at the end of 50-mile march in Downtown LA
WHO: 500+ people, Warehouse Workers, LA County Federation of Labor Secretary- Treasurer Maria Elena Durazo, Elected officials including U.S. Rep. Judy Chu, Members of the Clergy WHERE: Los Angeles City Hall, 200 S. Spring St., Los Angeles West Steps
WHEN: 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18
VISUALS: Cameras can capture the final steps at 10:30 a.m.: Marchers will dramatically conclude their 50-mile pilgrimage marching up First St. to Spring St. We will commence the rally and press conference just after 11 a.m.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS for TV: B-roll of the 50-mile pilgrimage from two points during the trek is available in Quicktime files. Warehouse workers embarked on their 50-mile march on Sept. 13.
During the pilgrimage marchers slept on church floors and relied on community organizations for support and meals. Warehouse Workers are on strike against their employers, NFI and Warestaff, and are not asking any Walmart employees or suppliers to stop work or deliveries. Marchers were joined daily by supporters and elected officials. Last Wednesday,September 12, a group of workers—who do not have a recognized union—walked off the job at a warehouse that is devoted to Walmart products to call for an end to retaliation and unfair labor practices committed by their employers, NFI and Warestaff, a staffing agency. Strikers, other workers and supporters have been participating in the WalMarch. Follow the march on social media using the hashtag #WalMarch More information at www.WarehouseWorkersUnited.org