*Re-posted from Inland Valley Daily Bulletin *
By Lori Fowler
Workers at an Inland Empire warehouse contracted by Walmart are claiming yet another victory after officials announced a settlement stemming from a retaliation complaint against warehouse operator National Distribution Centers, Inc. and Warestaff LLC, a staffing agency.
On Monday, representatives from Warehouse Worker Resource Center said a series of complaints filed between 2012 and 2013 with the National Labor Relations Board, which claimed retaliation against workers who went on strike to protest unsafe and illegal working conditions at the Jurupa Valley location in Riverside County, had been settled.
They are not allowed to release monetary details regarding the settlement, said Sheheryar Kaoosji, director of Warehouse Worker Resource Center, but they will address the media at a press conference Tuesday in Los Angeles.
“The wheels of justice sometimes turn slowly, but we always knew that workers standing up for themselves is the right thing to do,” Kaoosji said.
In May 2012, workers filed a Cal/OSHA complaint claiming “dangerous machinery and not being allowed to take breaks when it’s hot,” among other things, against the two companies, Kaoosji said.
The following September, Latino warehouse workers went on strike at the Mira Loma facility, 11888 Mission Blvd., in response to retaliation. They also filed a complaint stating some workers were fired, laid off, sent home for long stretches of time, or demoted following the protest, he said.
“We think this settlement shows everything they were saying was true – workers were experiencing real health and safety issues, which Walmart previously denied, and real retaliation, which Walmart also previously denied,” Kaoosji said.
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