Workers at Walmart, FedEx, Target, Instacart, Amazon, and Amazon subsidiary Whole Foods Market plan to go on strike to protest what they say is unsafe working conditions amid the coronavirus pandemic, a reported on Wednesday The Intercept.
According to The Intercept, an unprecedented coalition of employees and concert workers in at least half a dozen states plans to call the sick or quit their jobs during their lunch break on International Workers’ Day.
According to The Intercept, workers are making a series of demands, including: reimbursing the unpaid leave they have been using since the beginning of March; risk premium or paid sick leave for the remainder of the pandemic; companies to provide protective equipment and cleaning products at all times; and increased transparency from companies on the number of COVID-19 cases in their facilities.
Organizers say their employers, all of whom were considered essential activities and who stayed open during the pandemic, made record profits at the expense of workers’ health and safety during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are working with workers from Amazon, Target, Instacart and other companies for International Workers’ Day to show our solidarity with other workers who are essential in our fight for better protections and benefits during of the pandemic, “Daniel Steinbrook, a Whole Foods employee and strike organizer, told The Intercept.
Tweeted photo of a leaflet announcing the strike.
“It’s time to join us!” Protect all workers at all costs, we are not sufficiently expandable or replaceable, it is enough TAKE THE POWER! »Smalls said in the tweet.
—Christian Smalls (@Shut_downAmazon) April 22, 2020
Protests arise as essential workers talk more and more about working conditions and as legislators and labor regulators pay more attention to business responses.
Amazon workers staged several strikes in New York, Chicago, Minnesota, Italy, and practically after their colleagues tested positive for COVID-19, calling the company’s Coronavirus response inadequate and criticizing its refusal to provide information on the number of its warehouses that have experienced epidemics. of the disease.
Amazon has defended the conditions in its warehouses, telling Business Insider in a previous statement that it had stepped up its cleanup efforts and imposed social distancing.
The company is also facing multiple inquiries from the National Labor Relations Board to find out whether it has unlawfully retaliated against the workers who have spoken out, as well as an investigation by the Commissioner for Human Rights. New York man on the same question.
“We respect the rights of employees to protest and recognize their legal right to do so, but these rights do not provide blanket immunity from wrongdoing, especially those that endanger health, well-being or safety of their colleagues, “said an Amazon spokesperson. told Business Insider in a previous statement.
In March, more than 10,000 Instacart grocery buyers went on strike to demand risk premiums and safety equipment, with some eventually calling for a response from the company, which responded to some of their requests, but did not. to all, “insulting” and “a sick joke”.
“Our team has worked diligently to offer new policies, guidelines, product features, resources, increased bonuses and personal protective equipment to ensure the health and safety of buyers during this critical period. We welcome all feedback from buyers, and will continue to improve their experience and secure the support of this important community, “an Instacart spokesperson told Business Insider.
Also in March, Whole Foods workers across the country called the sick and demanded better sick pay policies and free coronavirus tests, and were joined by workers from Amazon and Instacart.
Amazon, FedEx, Target and Whole Foods did not immediately respond to requests for comment.