Amazon is slowly rolling out news to part-time workers at over 400 of its Whole Foods Grocery Retail locations that the company plans on eliminating healthcare benefits offered to all part-time employees. The decision will impact around 1,900 workers.
Whole Foods has already been transitioning many workers to part-time. Both full-time and part-time workers have experienced significant cuts to their weekly schedules.
“They hardly hire any entry-level positions at full-time anymore. When a full timer quits they get replaced by part-time,” a Whole Foods worker told me. “The majority of the workforce isn’t on Whole Foods insurance because they literally can’t afford it,” they added in response to company claims that the decision only impacts a small number of workers.
“I personally was tricked into cutting from full time to part time, with the promise that I’d eventually be re-hired at full time, and that’s clearly never happening, and so I was already slated to lose my insurance before this announcement came down,” the worker added.
Another worker who has been with the company for 15 years said the benefits cuts are “devastating,” and they work for Whole Foods part-time primarily to provide health insurance to herself and her children.
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