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The political action group called Warehouse Workers United (WWU) is a Southern California-based advocacy group formed in 2009 to promote better employment conditions for warehouse workers. They are the first group of its kind that seeks to improve working conditions warehouse workers in the area known as the Inland Empire which is defined as San Bernardino County and Riverside County. The organization claims that warehouse workers are routinely paid low wages, not paid for all the hours worked, compelled to work long stretches without breaks, endure unsafe conditions at the workplace, and experience low job security. Most of the workers they represent are Latinos.

However, WWU has staged nationwide protests at Walmart stores in 1500 locations which included some in Ontario this past Black Friday. In Ontario, there were 150 protesters which took part in the march. They consisted of warehouse workers, and activists from Warehouse Workers United and Organization United for Respect at Walmart.

“Walmart is our nation’s largest employer and most profitable retailer. But when the workers doing all of their heavy lifting are not paid enough to afford basic needs, it is clear Walmart is morally bankrupt, said California State Senator Norma Torres of Pomona.

Admittedly, some of the protesters were given an incentive to participate in the form of a $50 gift card. It wasn't reported if the gift card was for Walmart. The practice has been formally approved by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) which is dominated by appointees of President Obama, who has a history of community organization.

“Walmart’s treatment of workers is nothing short of exploitation,” said Javier Rodriguez, a warehouse worker who moved Walmart merchandise at a major facility contracted by Walmart until he was fired after speaking up about safety concerns. “I am going to sit down in the street in front of Walmart because Walmart has lost its way. It doesn’t matter – Walmart workers, temporary workers in its contracted warehouses, none of us can feed our families and pay our rents on poverty wages. It’s not right. Walmart must change.”

- See more at: http://www.warehouseworkersunited.org/southern-california-walmart-workers-community-supporters-join-1500-protests-for-better-jobs/#sthash.WWwTglaD.dpuf

The NLRB's approval came in response to charges that the activist group was violating the National Labor Relations Act.

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Walmart Workers Protest On Black Friday
http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-walmart-protest-ontario-
20131129,0,1616629.story#axzz2m7zHBtTG

http://www.law360.com/articles/491311/nlrb-approves-union-s-gifts-to-striking-wal-mart-workers

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