Miriam Garcia is a mother of three who works as a labeler/packer at a Walmart-contracted warehouse in Mira Loma, California. She is an activist with Warehouse Workers United.

My Story: Speaking Out For Safer Working Conditions For Warehouse Workers in Mira Loma

Miriam Garcia

I have worked for other staffing agencies at other warehouses and I have never experienced a job this bad. We all have families to support so we are taking a risk by speaking out, but it is something that we have to do. I am not an animal. I treat everyone with respect, but we do not receive that respect in return.

When I look around most of the labels say “Walmart.” Walmart is the biggest client by far. We move a lot of suitcases that end up inside Walmart stores. I know that Walmart is the largest company in the world. We are using our bodies – our hands, arms, back and necks – to move its goods, but we are treated like animals. We have to speak up. We have to do something.