On Monday, July 26, Warehouse Workers for Justice (WWJ), Temp Worker Union Alliance Project (TWUAP), and our allies held an Emergency Press Conference and Vaccine Outreach event to emphasize the critical need for community members to get vaccinated to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The event was attended and covered by the following media outlets: The Herald-News, WBBM, Telemundo Chicago, and ABC Channel 7.
Speakers at the press conference — which included WWJ Executive Director Roberto Clack, WWJ Community Health Navigator & COVID Survivor Brandin McDonald, Will County Health Department Vaccine Equity Manager Vinita Voss, WWJ Member Alfred White, a UIC School of Public Health representative, and Joliet City Councilman Cesar Guerrero — urged community members and especially warehouse workers to get the vaccine if they have not yet done so.
At the press conference, Guerrero addressed the impact of COVID-19 on the warehousing industry. Unvaccinated warehouse workers remain at an increased risk of infection due to the job conditions of the industry. Cramped or tight spaces, high traffic and contained areas, and high work rates is one workplace condition that places them at a particularly high risk.
Guerrero also explained how the employment structure of warehouses through temporary staffing agencies makes detecting, protecting against, and fighting COVID another serious challenge.
Following the press conference, WWJ targeted zip codes in Joliet with the highest infection rates, took to the streets, and went door-to-door to inform and implore unvaccinated community members to get vaccinated.