Whole Foods workers strike, say coronavirus conditions are unsafe
Whole Foods workers participate in a ‘sick out’ in protest of working conditions. FOX Business’ Grady Trimble with more.
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Some Whole Foods employees are demanding double hazard pay because of the coronavirus pandemic with a so-called sick out planned for Tuesday.
"On March 31st, DO NOT GO TO WORK," a group called Whole Worker wrote in an online petition. "Whole Foods has temporarily relaxed its strict attendance policy, which means that team members can participate in this act of protest without fear of reprisal."
Whole Foods' coronavirus response includes unlimited call-outs for workers who are unable or unwilling to work, plus an additional $2 per hour on top of hourly base pay.
It's unclear how many Whole Foods employees are participating in the sick out. Whole Worker's demands also include the immediate shutdown of any location where a worker tests positive for coronavirus and guaranteed paid leave for all workers who isolate instead of coming to work.