Better pay, improved working conditions and safety for warehouse workers
All people should have dignity, safety and respect at work. People deserve jobs that don’t kill them. Jobs shouldn’t risk the health and safety of our families and community. Yet during the pandemic companies like Amazon put profits over people and asked workers to risk their lives so people like Jeff Bezos and corporate stockholders could get even richer.
But workers are fighting back across the country demanding respect, higher pay and safer working conditions. We have a chance to make sure San Diego workers are treated fairly.
Center on Policy Initiatives, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 542 and the Environmental Health Coalition have come together to fight these abusive conditions. We thank San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chair Fletcher and Vice Chair Vargas for working with us and championing a policy to ensure this growing industry does not exploit San Diego workers.
Half of all warehouse workers in San Diego County are paid $17.32 or less per hour, about $36,000 or less per year.
In 2017, warehouse workers experienced work-related injuries at nearly twice the rate of workers in private industries.
Warehouse workers are exposed to high levels of diesel fumes released in enclosed spaces and by trucks heading in and out of warehouse facilities.
On September 12 the Center on Policy Initiatives co-hosted a panel discussion about the Warehouse Worker Policy with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Teamsters Local 542, UFCW Local 135, San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council and San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher and Vice Chair Nora Vargas.
Learn about the what’s happening in the warehouse industry and why we need a policy that improves pay, working conditions and the health and safety of warehouse workers and our communities.
If you don’t care that you got a million employees and they’re struggling to raise their family then you got a problem.
The Board of Supervisors will be voting on whether to approve this ordinance.
Join us in telling the Board of Supervisors that we need justice for warehouse workers! Check back for sample e-comments and call in scripts.
Sign the petition to stop the abuse of warehouse workers