Amazon’s new grocery acquisition may be going union in the near future.
“Workers at Whole Foods Market stores are trying to unionize, fearing that the company will further scale back their benefits under Amazon’s ownership.
On Thursday, a group of Whole Foods employees sent an email to workers at all 490 grocery stores, urging them to support the effort to unionize, according to the Wall Street Journal. They said they wanted to “collectively voice our concerns to Whole Foods Market and Amazon leadership” and push for better benefits and compensation.
The union drive organizers are working with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, a national labor group based in New York with 100,000 members.
Organizers said recent layoffs and consolidation at Whole Foods stores had endangered employees’ livelihoods, and that more of these moves are sure to follow, according to the Seattle Times. The group wants to push for a $15 hourly minimum wage, better retirement benefits, paid maternity leave, and lower health insurance costs.
‘The success of Amazon and [Whole Foods Market] should not come at the cost of exploiting our dedication and threatening our economic stability,’ the organizers wrote in the email.”
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