Hundreds of people staged a sit-in protest against the alleged mistreatment of warehouse workers by RoadLink, which is contracted by Wal-Mart, in Elwood, Illinois on Monday.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, 17 peaceful protesters were arrested by police in riot gear after they blocked vehicles from accessing the RoadLink warehouse (video below).
Activists with Warehouse Workers for Justice went on strike outside of the Wal-Mart Distribution Center on September 15, reports RawStory.com.
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The activists say that working conditions are unsafe and that RoadLink engages in wage theft and sexual harassment.
Riot police threatened to use chemical weapons on the peaceful protesters, who included warehouse workers, local unions and community groups, but ultimately opted to walk arrested activists away.
Wal-Mart spokesperson Dan Fogleman made no mention of the workers being abused by RoadLink and told the Chicago Sun-Times: "The union is focused on fulfilling its own agenda."