Saturday, May 16, 2009

Support the wildwood workers

Today I attended the Latinos United for Change (Latinos Unidos para Cambio - L.U.C.) meeting in which Wildwood workers told their incredible story. The owner of Wildwood Industries here in Bloomington, a guy named Gary Wilder, used the money owed to workers to pay back bank creditors as he ran his company into the ground. How messed up this company was is clear from this article on a sourcing industry website, ttnet. Some workers are owed a week's pay, others are owed money for 3 or 4 weeks. Now he is being investigated by the feds. This Pantagraph article discusses the situation, saying nonchalantly that workers can apply to the state for their back pay (without mentioning that this avenue, still to be tried by the workers, was due to L.U.C. pressure).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The feds should look into the injury in 2005 or early 2006 where a illegal alien employee was trained to be inside of the large truck body size compactor on the Northwest corner of the building WHILE IT WAS COMPACTING!!!! Thank GOD he jumped out of the compactors doorway and cleared his hip at the last moment. That was an interesting cover up to watch at the time. Dominick,Kim, other dept mgs all know.