We present this encore cablecast of Walmart Warehouses Strike 2012, which has become popular on our YouTube channel with views around the world this last year. It was recently seen by international trade union delegates at the November, 2013 New Trade Union Initiative conference in India, where one of the topics of discussion was organizing challenges in the global supply chain.

In September 2012, temp workers at the WalMart warehouses in Elwood, IL, went on a successful 21 day strike against manager retaliation, unsafe working conditions, wage theft, and sexual harassment. The workers returned to work with full back pay. Their struggle garnered many allies, as it was part of the strike wave that began to erupt in the wake of the massive and victorious Chicago Teachers Union strike of that month.

In this Labor Beat video, Warehouse Workers for Justice organizes and empowers employees of the temp agency Roadlink. We also speak with the workers’ supporters as they campaign to shame WalMart into compliance with the law, which culminated in direct action on Oct. 1 to stop goods from moving in and out of the warehouse, resulting in many arrests by IL State riot cops deployed that day with an LRAD sound cannon.

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Walmart Warehouses Strike of 2012

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