“Fair Process” Rally for Pauma Casino Workers”

Join Lisa this Saturday for the
“Fair Process” Rally for Pauma Casino Workers
Saturday, December 14, 2013
11 am – 1 pm
Corner of Highway 76 and Pauma Reservation Road, Pauma Valley 
We are arranging carpool’s from:
ICWJ’s Central San Diego office (3758 30th Street, San Diego) and
the Park and Ride in Vista (871 North Broadway, Escondido)
Please connect with Lisa to make carpool arrangements:

Over the past several months, workers at the Pauma Casino in the Pauma Valley have been organizing for a fair process to address low wages, poor working conditions, and to have a voice on the job.   Over many months the workers, together with their union organizers, overcame their fear of retaliation and intimidation by management.   Last month, accompanied by clergy and labor supporters, the workers delivered a petition to the Tribal management that was signed by more than 120 courageous souls.  Two weeks later, the petition arrived at our ICWJ office in its original package with a note from the Tribal management that read, “unopened and unread”.  Imagine the courage it took for those hundred plus workers to approach their management asking for a voice on the job and the management didn’t even give them the respect or common courtesy of acknowledging their communication.  The resolve of the employees is strong and they are determined to win their campaign.  This Saturday workers will rally outside of the casino and they invite us to join them.
Connect directly with Lisa to make arrangements for carpooling.

Walmart Workers, Even Santa, Arrested During Protest

Walmart Workers, Even Santa, Arrested During Protest

Ontario, California-Friday, November 29th, 2013


While folks are out fighting each other for Black Friday deals today, Walmart employees and supporters were staging large protests at 1,500 locations around the nation today for better work conditions and higher pay. At one of the protests at the Ontario Walmart location, employees and supporters were arrested today, along with a man dressed as Santa.

The Ontario rally began at 6 a.m. with more than 100 protesters outside of the Ontario location. Ten of the protesters were arrested including the one in the St. Nick outfit, while the other protesters walked along the sidewalk.

Several members of Pueblo de Fe Unido-Pilgrim Place were present at the rally and one of them -Karl Hilgert- dressed as Santa was arrested.

A second protest was scheduled for noon today at the Walmart at 4101 Crenshaw Blvd. in Los Angeles. Warehouse Workers United representative said that most Walmart employees make less than $17,000 a year, while the federal poverty level for a family of four is $23,500. Bill Simon, the president and CEO of Wal-Mart, had said in September that half of his employees in the nation make $25,000 a year.

Elizabeth Brennan, who works with Warehouse Workers United, a group that has organized the protests, said that it’s been an “ongoing discussion” about how Walmart treats its employees. She added that when some employees have spoken up about their poverty wages, they’ve had their hours cut and even some have been fired.

“We’re creating a national dialogue about the country’s largest retailer in its role in creating great jobs in the economy,” said Brennan.