Ana Rosa Diaz is a 40-year-old mother of four from Municipio Hidalgo, Mexico. Ana came to Louisiana as a guestworker to peel crawfish for a Walmart supplier called C.J.’s Seafood.
While Walmart has profited from Ana’s work, Ana’s employer has subjected her and her fellow guestworkers to forced labor. They have been forced to work up to 24-hour shifts with no overtime pay. Supervisors have threatened to beat them with shovels to make them work faster. And when Ana and her fellow workers tried to stand up to the boss, he threatened violence against their families in Mexico.
“He said, ‘I know good people and bad people in Mexico, and I know where your families live,’” Ana said. “We were terrified.”
“I want this work,” Ana said. “I need to provide for my family. I just want to be treated like a human being.”
The workers joined the National Guestworker Alliance and decided to go on strike. The boss refused to take back his threats against their families, so now they’re taking their demands to Walmart.
Walmart’s own Standards for Suppliers forbid forced labor on the Walmart supply chain. But Walmart is profiting from forced labor in Louisiana.
Walmart needs to show its suppliers that it won’t tolerate forced labor. We’re demanding that Walmart:
1. Cancel its contract with C.J.’s Seafood to show that it won’t profit from forced labor in Louisiana.
2. Sit down with us, the striking workers, immediately as a first step toward a real investigation — rather than a cover-up.
3. Sign the NGA’s Guestworker Dignity Standards to prevent forced labor and guarantee civil and labor rights for guestworkers across the Walmart supply chain.
More on Breaking Chains at Walmart
- 2-page campaign backgrounder (PDF)
- Initial NGA media release - June 6, 2012
- Press coverage
- DOL and EEOC complaints as filed June 6