Whole Foods workers are seeking to unionize after rumors that parent company Amazon is planning mass layoffs in an order to reduce costs.
It is not the first time that Whole Foods workers try to organize, but it is the first attempt since Amazon bought the company.
E-mail reveals tensions between managers and lower-level employees in the supermarket chain.
Whole Foods workers are urging their colleagues to unionize. The lawsuits include a minimum wage of $ 15, matching of 401k, paid maternity leave and lower health insurance deductibles
Before the Amazon acquisition, Whole Foods was well known for treating workers above and beyond, with better-than-average benefit packages and payments.
"Over the past year, layoffs and consolidation of retail outlets at Whole Foods Market have disrupted the livelihoods of team members, agitation, anxiety and decreased morale. [sic] inside the stores & # 39; says the email.
It is alleged that Whole Foods CEO John Mackey sold the store to Amazon & # 39; with an agreement to cut hundreds of millions of dollars of labor from our stores & # 39;.
& # 39; The writers of department orders, supervisors, store scanners, and customer service team positions are currently the most vulnerable. & # 39;
The letter continues: "Layoffs will continue in 2019 and beyond as Amazon aims to aggressively cut back our workforce before it expands with new technology and work models."
Workers are now trying to organize with the retail, wholesale and department store union, which already represents department store workers, including Macy's and H & M.
Amazon denies that it treats its employees badly and says it is a "fair and responsible" employer, but Whole Foods workers fear they could be replaced by automation in the future.
On Thursday, an email was sent to the workers of the chain's 490 stores.
In the past, Whole Foods fought against attempts to unionize, but now it seems that its acquisition by Amazon is pressuring workers to finally do something.
The lawsuits include giving all workers a minimum wage of $ 15 / hour, 401k by mail, paid maternity leave and lower health insurance deductibles.
Amazon workers have long been claiming poor working conditions and paying for packages.
Whole Foods used to be considered a good employer and had provided better wages and benefits than its competitors.
Whole Foods has published an official statement on the matter.
"We respect the individual rights of our team members and have an open door policy that encourages team members to send their comments, questions and concerns directly to their team leaders, and we believe that this direct connection is the most Effective in understanding and responding to the needs of our workforce and creating an atmosphere that fosters open communication and empowerment, we offer competitive salaries and benefits and are committed to the growth and success of our team members. "