Warehouse Workers for Justice Celebrates Step Toward Accountability in Food Warehouses from OSHA and Department of Labor Following Death at Rich's Products
Following the tragic, preventable workplace death of 42 year-old temporary worker Adewale Ogunyemi, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”), has fined Rich Products Corporation $145,027 in penalties. Further, OSHA’s Region 5 has also placed the company in OSHA’s Severe Violator Program, recognizing the company’s “extensive history of OSHA violations nationwide.”
Warehouse Workers for Justice is glad to see that Rich Products has been fined and classified as a severe violator of health and safety measures, something workers on the ground have known for far too long. While we celebrate this development as a good step forward, we will continue to support workers at Rich Products and at all other warehouses who want to speak up about working conditions without fear of retaliation and come together to create a better future for themselves and their families.
Warehouse Workers for Justice will continue fighting to hold negligent companies like Rich Products accountable and we will continue the fight to ensure that immigrant, temporary workers like Adewale Ogunyemi have real lasting power in their workplaces.
Warehouse Workers for Justice Named As a Recipient of Cook County and Chicago Bar Foundation Outreach Grants
On Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, Cook County and Chicago Bar Foundation announced recipients of $180K in outreach grants to community-based organizations.
"Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Chicago Bar Foundation Executive Director Bob Glaves announced the recipients of $180k worth of outreach grants to 24 community-based organizations across Cook County. The grants will fund community outreach efforts for Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt (CCLAHD). CCLAHD is a county-wide initiative aimed at helping residents resolve eviction, foreclosure, debt, and tax deed issues through free legal aid, mediation services, case management and connections to resources."
"Launched in November 2020, CCLAHD provides free services for tenants and landlords dealing with evictions, property owners who are behind on their mortgage payments or property taxes, and creditors or debtors with issues related to consumer debt. Services are provided free to participants regardless of income and are available in all languages. Participants are welcome to enroll regardless of nationality or documentation status."
Warehouse Workers for Justice (WWJ) was named a recipient among other groups, including: