The alleged wage theft and mass firings of Wal-Mart warehouse contractors sparked a 100-strong demonstration by Chicago community groups at a Walmart Express in the West Loop on Thursday.
After working a full shift on December 29, 2011, 65 workers at the massive Wal-Mart warehouse in Elwood, Ill. were informed they would lose their jobs effective immediately. Walmart’s warehouse operator, Schneider Logistics, cancelled the contract with the temp agency that employed the workers, Eclipse Advantage Inc., after the workers filed a lawsuit against each company to recover alleged stolen wages. Eclipse Advantage Inc., Orlando, Fla., is a staffing company for warehouse, logistics and distribution operations. Schneider Logistics is a subsidiary of Schneider National Inc., Green Bay, Wisconsin.
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