A large component of the strike will include grocery store employees at companies like Amazon, Whole Foods, and Instacart, who already protested the conditions, hazard pay, and sick leave policy of the mega-billion-dollar company at the end of March. These workers will also be joined by those from Target, Walmart, Shipt, and FedEx, among others. The employees plan to walk off during their lunch break or call out sick. Workers are striking even as they worry about the risks of contracting or spreading COVID-19.
On this #MayDay2020, I stand with the workers at Amazon, Whole Foods, Instacart and Target who are on strike.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 1, 2020
Essential workers are putting their lives on the line and deserve protection and hazard pay.
The endless corporate greed has got to end! https://t.co/v68WCw9kAr
Employees have been trying to track the number of cases across warehouses and stores. According to The Intercept, Amazon employee Jana Jumpp’s own calculation puts the number somewhere around 500, based on company communications, but believes the true number may be much higher.
Throughout April, Amazon had a policy of unlimited unpaid time that workers could take without consequence on their attendance record. This policy has not been extended for May for Amazon workers. Whole Foods employees, according to an Amazon spokesperson, will have unlimited callouts until May 17th. Hazard pay for all employees will be extended through May 16th, but with no commitments yet that it will be guaranteed throughout the pandemic.