Essential Work, Excessive Risk: Warehouse Work in Chicago and Southern California

Recording of the February 10, 2021 discussion with Beth Gutelius, Roberto Clack, Ronald Jackson, and Sheheryar Kaoosji.

For warehouse workers during the pandemic, being deemed “essential” meant their work was suddenly visible to the public and recognized for its importance. But pulling back the veil on warehouse shop floors has also highlighted what workers and advocates have been saying for years: warehouse work is hard on workers’ bodies, health and safety risks are widespread, and new technologies are exacerbating substandard working conditions. As one of the few bright spots in the economy, warehouse employment has grown during the pandemic, but so too have the hazards faced by the disproportionately Latino and Black workforce. This conversation highlighted recent campaigns to address warehouse working conditions in Chicago and the Inland Empire, two major logistics hubs in the country.

Here are the links to reports mentioned in the video:

Thank you to CAN TV ( for recording.