Employees of Amazon.com subsidiary Whole Foods Market are being urged to support a drive to unionize.
According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, a group of workers sent an email to fellow employees at the chain’s nearly 500 stores citing changes to the corporate culture and reduced compensation since Amazon acquired the world’s largest organic and natural grocery chain for $13.7 billion in August 2017, and that they want to “collectively voice our concerns to Whole Foods Market and Amazon leadership."
"The unionization push presents a potentially high-profile challenge to Amazon, which has opposed past organizing efforts by warehouse workers and other employees that are less visible to customers than grocery-store clerks," the WSJ report said. "Amazon workers in Germany, Spain and Poland held strikes around Amazon’s Prime Day promotion in July to demand better health protections and job-safety measures. Germany’s powerful service-workers’ union has held a number of job actions over pay and working conditions in recent years.
“Amazon has fought those efforts. The e-commerce company has said that it treats its workers fairly and that reports of inhospitable conditions at its facilities are untrue.”