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For Good Jobs and Clean Air: How a Just Transition to Zero Emission Vehicles can Transform Warehousing

Warehouse Workers for Justice

2022

The data in this report was collected by Warehouse Workers for Justice (WWJ) organizers, leaders, and volunteers in Joliet and Elwood, Will County, to highlight the toxic impacts the local industry has on workers and residents. Throughout this report, we share stories of truck drivers, warehouse workers, and those who call Will County home who recount their lived experiences with poor air quality and bad jobs in the warehouses. We show how working-class, immigrant, and Black and Brown communities experience both labor and environmental issues because of their relationship with the warehouse industry. In people’s lived experiences, environmental and labor justice issues caused by the warehouse and distribution industries are inextricably linked and must be addressed as one.

 

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