Anyone who has shopped at Whole Foods can tell you it’s not cheap. However, their reported plan to handle paying for their workers’ time off, who are sick with Coronavirus, is being described as just that.
An email supposedly went out on Wednesday asking employees to donate their paid time off, so that coworkers, who are sick, will get two weeks of paid time off. This is a longstanding policy with the company. Needless to say, the team members are unhappy about that offer.
“Considering [Whole Foods] is a billion dollar company, I think it is selfish asking the retail workers to figure it out within themselves.
“The response from [Whole Foods and Amazon] has been quite poor, being a front end cashier I feel like we are the most exposed to the situation…Some of us have sick family members [whose] immune system is weak and [it] could be quite dangerous if they catch this virus.”A Cashier to Vice
The anonymous cashier is not the only one unhappy about that policy.
Whole Foods did not respond to Vice, but Amazon, who owns the company did.
“This is a longstanding Whole Foods Market program from prior to the acquisition. Amazon is matching all funds to the Whole Foods Fund since the acquisition to support the team needs during this unprecedented event, and all Whole Foods team members have access to the 2-weeks paid time off related to coronavirus that was announced for all Amazon employees.”Amazon Statment