Following yesterday's walkout by Amazon workers over its failure to close a New York warehouse where one tested positive for COVID-19, today employees of Whole Foods will increase the pressure. They're calling in sick to demand the Amazon subsidiary give paid sick leave to all who self-isolate, extra hazard pay to those who show up — and free coronavirus testing for anyone who needs it. The grocery chain has already boosted its hourly pay by $2, but employees say it's not enough.
Did yesterday's protest work? Amazon fired the walkout leader, claiming he violated orders to quarantine after coming in close contact with an infected worker.