SICKOUT STRIKE BY WHOLE FOODS WORKERS DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS

By: Sophia Silver

Whole Foods workers nationwide are planning a “sick-out” strike against the company as the grocery chain is not taking the appropriate measures in stores during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Whole Foods labor organization, Whole Workers, have organized the strike which is due to take place Tuesday, March 31st instructing workers to call out sick. Whole Foods, who is owned by Amazon, are currently allowing unlimited call-outs at the moment. Those who do call out are demanding paid leave and hazard pay. 

In Chicago, a Whole Foods employee recently tested positive for COVID-19 and the store still remains opened after the company promised that it’s stores would immediately shut down if any employee were to test positive.

Whole Foods employees are some of the most recent workers to hold a nationwide strike because of coronavirus working conditions.