Jobs that poison our air and water aren’t “good” no matter how much they pay. Warehousing and logistics have brought hundreds of thousands of diesel trucks to Will County, polluting the air and contributing to rising rates of respiratory diseases like asthma. In March of 2021, Warehouse Workers for Justice launched ‘Transit Justice,’ a four-part virtual event series on the problem of diesel pollution and why we need a just transition that holds companies accountable for protecting workers and the environment.
For too long, we have let the powerful warehousing and distribution industries profit off the backs of our communities, exploiting our people, depleting our resources, and polluting our air in the process. It’s time to build a truly worker-centered movement for environmental justice that is led by and for working class communities and prioritizes a just transition to good, green jobs.
Will County, IL is a national warehousing and distribution hub, home to the nation’s largest inland port. 3.5% of the US GDP passes through Will County every year. Amazon, Walmart, and other giant multinational retailers are dependent on Will County warehouse workers, but workers never see the wealth they create.
Low wages, precarious jobs, and few health and safety protections in the middle of a global pandemic are the norm — all while thousands of trucks pollute the air that workers and their families breathe. But it doesn’t have to stay this way — when workers and communities organize, we have the power to demand change that protects our livelihoods and our planet. Nothing moves without us!
We invite you to watch our past events on-demand and join us in upcoming events on Facebook Live to talk about how to hold some of the world’s wealthiest corporations accountable to our people and our planet.
Transit Justice: An Event Series:
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