Friday, September 24, 2010

New York Times publishes article about Warehouses and Warehouse Workers in Will County

The New York Times recently published a piece regarding warehouse work in Will County entitled: "A Thriving Industry Based on Low-Compensated Temp Workers."  The article included coverage of a recent press conference held by the Warehouse Workers for Justice where the group released their report on Warehouse Work in Will County: Bad Jobs in Goods Movement: Warehouse Work in Will County, Illinois.

In response to a Joliet Herald News editorial  entitled "Little to Stop Warehouse Abuse", John Greuling, president of the Will County Center for Economic Development, wrote a letter to the editor which, among other things, questioned the sampling method of the Warehouse Workers for Justice Report.  Grueling wrote:

"The WWJ study is based on interviews with 319 warehouse workers conducted by WWJ staff. Surveys were conducted outside of grocery and check cashing stores. This random surveying of less than 1.5 percent of all warehouse workers in the county raises questions about the study's findings."

There are over 20,000 people working in warehouses in Will County.

Anyone who has driven along Will County Roads such as Rt. 53 or Laraway Roads knows many warehouses have been built in Will County in recent years.

Work continues on the CenterPoint Joliet Intermodal and Union Pacific Railroad Terminal in Joliet, Illinois.    Here is a video taken in mid-July 2010 from Laraway Road.  Visible are the new Union Pacific rails and the new CenterPoint Intermodal sign:

Here is a video taken August 7th that shows a view of the new CenterPoint Joliet Intermodal at dusk:

In recent years, many warehouses and distribution centers have been built in Will County, such as:

The Bissell Warehouse in Elwood, Illinois.

New warehouses along Laraway Road in Joliet.

The Dollar Tree Warehouse in Joliet.

Warehouses in the CenterPoint Intermodal in Elwood, Illinois

CenterPoint Joliet and the Dollar Tree Warehouse in Joliet, video taken January 2, 2010