Media Advisory for Wednesday, June 6 at 12PM PST
Contact: Elizabeth Brennan at 213-999-2164 or Caroline O’Connor at 213-400-8401
Latina Leaders to Hold Press Conference on New Report Detailing Walmart’s Negative Effects on the Local Economy
NELP Report Reveals Working Conditions in the Warehousing and Logistics Sector Have a Profound Adverse Effect on Latinos in Southern California
LOS ANGELES – Walmart and other big box retailers have significantly lowered the quality of jobs and disproportionately impacted working Latinos in Southern California on a scale far greater than previously understood, a new report to be released Wednesday by the New York-based National Employment Law Project reveals.
Local leaders along with warehouse workers will hold a press conference at the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor at 12 noon, Wednesday, June 6 to release “Chain of Greed” detailing Walmart’s outsized influence in Southern California that keeps labor costs artificially low, masks responsibility for poor working conditions and drives down workplace safety standards.
The report’s release comes on the heels of major criticism of Walmart for an alleged bribery scandal in Mexico, growing concerns about Wal-Mart’s plans to open a store in LA’s Chinatown and demands at Walmart’s shareholder meeting in Bentonville last week to increase transparency.
WHAT: Press conference to release new national report, “Chain of Greed,” by the National Employment Law Project
WHEN: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 12 noon PST
WHERE: L.A. County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO
2130 West James M. Wood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90006
WHO: Maria Elena Durazo, secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
Guadalupe Palma, campaign director for Warehouse Workers United
Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles
Warehouse workers who work moving Walmart goods
VISUALS: Large screen with images and highlighted facts from report