Huffington Post (01/18/12) Dave Jamieson
Nearly a hundred warehouse workers in California who spoke up about alleged wage violations and unsafe working conditions are concerned they now may lose their jobs. The workers filed a class action lawsuit in the fall against staffing company Rogers-Premier Unloading Services, their employer, and against Schneider Logistics, the company that is contracted by Walmart to oversee the Riverside County warehouse, where workers load and unload goods destined for Walmart stores. The workers contended that they often were not paid the legal minimum wage or overtime and were threatened with termination when they complained.
The workers say they have been notified by management that their jobs will end on Feb. 24, when a contract between Rogers-Premier and Schneider apparently comes to a close. Erin Elliott, a spokeswoman for Schneider, says that the move is “solely the decision of Rogers-Premier.”