Whole Foods Employees Stage ‘Sick Out,’ Protest

Citing COVID-19’s “very real threat to the safety of our workforce and customers,” employees of Whole Foods are staging a nationwide “sick out” Tuesday and demanding the Amazon-owned company make some significant changes to how they are handling the crisis, including how they are paying employees.

“On March 31, Whole Foods employees will call in sick to demand paid leave for all workers who stay home or self-quarantine during the crisis, free coronavirus testing for all employees, and hazard pay of double the current hourly wage for employees who show up to work during the pandemic,” Vice reports.

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The “sick out” is being organized by the national Whole Foods employee group, Whole Worker, and is being conducted by employees in stores across the country, including in New York City, Chicago, and cities in California and Louisiana. Read more…

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