Whole Foods workers hold ‘sick-out’ to demand hazard pay during pandemic

An organized employees group is calling for better health protections, including paid sick leave and benefits for part-timers

Whole Foods workers organized a national “sick-out” protest on Tuesday, demanding that the grocery store give employees double their normal wages as “hazard pay” for working on the front lines during a pandemic.

The Whole Foods protest follows worker-organized strikes for better coronavirus protections at Instacart, the grocery delivery service, and at an Amazon warehouse in New York. Whole Foods is owned by Amazon, whose CEO, Jeff Bezos, is the richest person in the world.

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