The workers, who are employed at Olivet International Mira Loma warehouse, take two or three five-minute breaks a day because of the 90-degree weather that they work in. It was only recently that they were suspended for taking these breaks. The workers believe that the suspension was a form of retaliation from management due to concerns that were raised about working conditions. Workers say that they are ignored by management when they raise concerns about safety hazards in the warehouse. The 10 workers had participated in a two-day strike in July. 30 of the warehouse’s employees claim that they have been victims of intimidation, spying and retaliation for raising concerns about working conditions, reports Opposing Views.
“Warehouse operators have installed 29 cameras, including several over the bathroom entrance, to watch workers every second of the day,” Guadalupe Palma, director of Warehouse Workers United, said in a statement. “They have hired consultants, which typically costs tens of thousands of dollars a month, to intimidate and frighten workers, follow them around and threaten them individually.”