SOUTH BRUNSWICK — Workers at a township-based clothing distribution center supplying large retailers like Amazon, Macy’s and Walmart walked off the job Wednesday to protest low wages at the facility.
Workers at Freeze warehouse, also known as Central Mills Inc., walked out of the distribution center on Ridge Road at 8 a.m., alleging unfair labor practices, according to a statement from their union, the Laundry Distribution and Food Service Joint Board, Workers United SEIU.
The union said long-term employees have been earning wages less than $9.50 an hour with many grossing less than $370 for a full-time week. The walk out lasted two hours.
The strike comes after a decision from the National Labor Relations Board Region 22 “finding merit in charges that the company has refused to negotiate in good faith with the 185 warehouse workers at the center,” according to the union.
“These are the invisible women and men who work full time, for poverty wages, filling orders for some of the biggest names in retail. This is the dirty secret behind the booming on-line retail market. It’s high time that Freeze respect the rights of its employees,” said Alberto Arroyo, an officer of the employees’ union.
Freeze designs, manufactures and distributes licensed and private label clothing like T-shirts.
Freeze, according to the union, has also been the subject of a National Labor Relations Board investigation into unfair labor practices.
A woman who answered the phone at Freeze’s warehouse said managers were unavailable to comment.