Whole Foods employees are planning a "sick out" on Tuesday.
Workers at the grocery company, owned by Amazon, want to protest what they deem to be inadequate working conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The employees will call in sick Tuesday, to demand paid leave for all workers who are home or have self-quarantined. They would also demand coronavirus testing for all employees, along with hazard compensation of double the current hourly wage for employees who come to work.
Whole Worker is the national worker group organizing the sick out. The organization stated, “We cannot wait for politicians, institutions, or our own management to step in to protect us.”
In recent times, Whole Foods temporarily raised worker's hourly pay by $2 an hour. It also offered two weeks of paid sick leave for employees who contract the disease.