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After Raising Hourly Wages to $15, Amazon-Owned Whole Foods Reportedly Slashed Workers' Hours

After Raising Hourly Wages to $15, Amazon-Owned Whole Foods Reportedly Slashed Workers' Hours

Jessica Corbett, staff writer

While Amazon caved to massive public pressure last fall and raised all company wages to at least $15 per hour—including at its subsidiary Whole Foods Market—in the months since, workers at the popular grocery chain have had their hours cut, negating their raises.

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Whole PayCheck’s profit margins allow them to have their customer base stand in long lines, receive poor service, etc. Well, duh…
Squeeze Bezos’ Balloon and he finds another prophylactic device to make his wallet bulge. There’s no prestigious pay+ advantage to working retail at Whole PayCheck, just marketing.

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Stop going to WF and using Amazon. Bezos is pissing on you. Oh wait, that’s trickle down

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I’ve worked for Whole Foods for almost 20 years, and it has truly been a nightmare since Amazon has taken over. They’ve taken over most of the team member only areas for their delivery staging operation. There is no room left to properly operate a grocery store. For one, perishable food is allowed to sit around out of the cooler until the temperatures reach critically dangerous levels. There’s a reason why most team members won’t eat certain prepared foods or dairy items from our store…we don’t want to get sick! Additionally, the only place left to store loaves of extra bread now is right next to the dumpster in the receiving area. Look up 240 East 56 Street in zip code 10022 and you will see the receiving area and you can clearly see a rack of bread right next to the dumpster. I have seem multiple rats eating the bread and have heard customers complain about chew marks through the bags. It’s not the way a grocery store should be run. Moreover, we are no longer allowed to ask for time off more than a month in advance…but schedules are made 3 weeks in advance. This means we have a very small window to submit time off requests, and they are usually denied “due to the needs of the business.” Whole Foods used to be a great company to work for…now, not so much.

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Note to the public. “You will not win.” That’s also Trump’s mantra, Don’t challenge me or I’ll make it bad for you.

Here’s the thing about this, there is no law in California that states what full time hours are. Hence why companies are at liberty to change worker’s hours. Each company sets their own parameters of what full time is - no maximum or minimum is actually state law. You want fairness? Aside fair wages, the lack of law on what full time hours are needs to be made. No one looked into this though. Everyone got distracted by the money factor, why? Because these companies don’t want the mass-minded to think outside the box and consider other laws or lack thereof that might affect labor law or whatever the media is promoting (such as the $15/hr wage law) which is why we’ll always keep going on in this circle of raising wages but still not seeing any upward mobility as workers.

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I stopped shopping at Whole Foods when Bezos bought it. Now I go to the newly built Publix right across the street. There’s nothing in Whole Foods that I can’t get at Publix for cheaper. Customer loyalty shouldn’t be to a ‘brand name’; rather, it should be to the people who run the business. I used to refuse to shop at the newly built Publix. Bezos changed my mind on that.

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Even their food is beginning to be recalled now. NO real reason to shop there anymore.

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If you don’t like where you work, get a job somewhere else. If you want to control how a business is run, open one up yourself. When you run a business, you have a budget. To make the $15 hour wage happen for each employee, something had to give to make the budget… hence, cut hours. Simple Econ

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In 2016 i was injured working for Amazon. I worked my butt of for this company to the point i literally broke my back for them. When i was injured in July 2016, i was lifting a tote that was over weight off of a conveyor that was turned up way to fast to keep the totes from causing a back up or collision on the conveyors. When this happened i pulled my left shoulder and injured my lower back. I was kept working up until February, 2017, when i was told in a voicemail an hour before work to not return to the building until i was 100%. I wasn’t even given a chance to get my stuff from inside the building. I have spent the last two years doing physical therapy, prescribed an over abundance of pain medicines, and pretty much told your gonna hurt so get over it and go back to work. During my last physical therapy session i ended up with a new injury, now i have a tear in my right shoulder rota-tor cuff…
I tried to get help from a lawyer for workers comp but all she did was take my money and screw me over, she didn’t even meet with me till five minutes before my court proceeding. I had numerous inadequate dr’s that did nothing but send me to physical therapy, give me way to many pain medications, even tried to give me diet pills saying my weight was my only problem. One even went as far as to threaten me if i didn’t do what he said. which was more physical therapy that actually turned out to be playing Wii. I did everything that was asked of me by my dr’s but when i told them i had a new injury due to physical therapy i was literally escorted out of the building and told they could no longer treat me.
here I am a year later and still trying to get help but no dr will take my case, amazons insurance case workers are telling me their closing my case and go to my own family dr and pay for it myself. I can not get insurance due to these preexisting conditions, long term disability shut off my only income due to dr’s lying on paper work that they say is the standard they have to put on all paperwork no matter your condition. No lawyer i call will take my case when they hear the word Amazon. I have numerous bulging disc, disc displacement, ridiculopathy, nuropathy , leg and hand numbness , possible fibromyalgia, rota-tor cuff tear in shoulder, and lord knows what else since i can not get proper care.
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Please i need help, I need to find a lawyer to that will take my case on and make the company pay for proper medical care. If you know of someone or have any ideas that may can help me i will greatly appreciate it. If you can please share this and make it go viral, i need help and so do so many others like me out there that have been screwed over by big business and tossed out like trash. There are so many people out there in the same shoes im in and something needs to be done to help people get proper care and quit letting big business push their injured workers off on tax payers and disability. Please help.
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People that work for Amazon work more than $15 dollars an hour worth, not to mention when bezos so graciously gave employees that so called raise he actually took thousands from employees in benefits n incentives they had and counted on. People have no clue about Amazon unless u work there.

That’s just a stupid autocratic rightwing scapegoat talking point that employers use when they don’t want to be humane employers and treat their employees decently. The majority of people don’t like where they work and have no recourse. Places of employment need to be democratized. Either democratize the workplace or don’t hire people and do all the work yourself! That should be the only option allowed for employers. Simple humanity to counter your inhumane econ that you so smugly and ignorantly label as “simple econ”.