On August 24th, warehouse worker Santos Castaneda spoke publicly of workplace temperatures that exceeded 110 degrees, lack of indoor ventilation and other health abuses rampant at NFI Industries, a national logistics facility subcontracted by national retailers like Walmart. Five minutes later, Castaneda was fired.
After news of health and safety violations surfaced, NFI workers reported receiving veiled threats of calls to immigration, job loss, assignment changes and employers telling workers to ostracize leaders. Castaneda was one of three workers at NFI who filed Cal/OSHA complaints reporting the violations in July.
News of Castaneda’s wrongful firing sparked delegations of labor advocates and more than 3,300 online supporters who signed a petition demanding NFI Industries rehire Castaneda and cease retaliatory tactics. On August 30th, Castaneda was rehired and returned to work.