Workers who are hurt, do not say a thing and continue working, instead of taking the time off. If the company finds out that an employee is hurt, they can be terminated. That is the way the way the Company deals with it.
Martinez added that "We work hard to get the freight out." We have been asked to empty a trailer "in forty five minutes, from front to back." The standards are for two hundred to two hundred and fifty packages an hour, this was far more than that.
They truly do not abide by any labor safety regulations. The company "does not care for health and safety of it's employees." They have very few step ladders for employees to safely climb to reach pallets
A lot of the equipment at the plant is broken, and a year ago an eighteen year old employee was killed on the plant, when two forklifts hit him. One of Martinez's friends recently was hit at work by a forklift, and was told to take some pain pills and keep working.
What he and his friends are asking is for better wages, he cannot support himself and his two daughters on this. They are also asking for better working conditions and the equipment and training they need. That is all they are asking. For doing this, they have faced retaliations, threats, suspensions, and even a threat of termination.
Charlene Tubta by Nadin Abbott
In an interview before the march proper reached the Sherman Heights Farmers Market, Charlene Tubta, who works at VONS, told me that she grew up in the area. She said that "Walmart will ruin local business, small business owners. They are gonna hurt."
Tupta aded that Walmart uses cheap labor. "They don't provide benefits, unless the employees pay for very expensive benefits." She added, "from what I understand they push people for food stamps and welfare and they only work enough hours so they can qualify."
They also provide "cheap jobs with no security since they are an at will employee."
Jose Alvarado Flores by Nadin Abbott