Vice: April 29, 2020, Amazon, Whole Foods, Instacart Workers Organize a Historic Mass Strike
On May 1st, frontline workers at some of the biggest corporations in the country will lead a mass strike action, asking customers to boycott Amazon, Instacart, Whole Foods and Target.
A series of work stoppages, sick-outs, and protests in recent weeks will culminate on Friday, May 1 in a historic strike organized by frontline workers at some of the country’s largest corporations.
Workers at Amazon, Whole Foods, Instacart, Walmart, FedEx, Target and Shipt say they will walk off the job on May 1 to protest their employers’ failure to provide basic protections for frontline workers who are risking and losing their lives at work.
While the mass strike action might not be enough to shut down society, the collective action certainly echoes the calls for a general strike—a coordinated work stoppage across businesses and industries in pursuit of a common goal—the likes of which have not been seen in the United States since World War II.
The group Whole Worker, which is coordinating the Whole Foods strike, has created a running tally of positive cases at stores, currently at 253 cases and 2 deaths at 132 stores across the United States.