Billionaire Matty Moroun lets workers nearly freeze in warehouse

Matty protestA company owned by billionaire Matty Moroun forced employees to work in sub-zero temperatures in a Wal-Mart warehouse in Indiana.

The freezing workers finally walked out in protest last month after temperatures reached negative 15 degrees, forcing the closure of the building, which was exposed to snow, ice and rain because of broken doors and a lack of heaters.

The employees work for Linc Logistics, a company controlled by Moroun when he purchased it for $335 million in 2012.

“People were getting written up for going to the bathroom and trying to warm their hands under their hand driers,” Sean Fulkerson of Warehouse Workers Organizing Committee, a labor group helping the workers, told Salon.com.

Angry that Moroun has done nothing to address the problems, local protesters today delivered a petition from Indiana workers to Linc’s headquarters in Warren, 12755 E.
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9 Mile, calling for a heated warehouse. Included in the protest was an oversized Moroun puppet.

Neither Moroun nor his company returned calls for comment.

Moroun owns the Ambassador Bridge and the abandoned, neglected Michigan Central Station.

Coverage of last month’s walkout:

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.