Whole Foods Employees Strike for Thanksgiving Off

Workers in Chicago went on strike Wednesday for a Thanksgiving vacation

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A handful of Whole Foods workers at two stores went on strike in Chicago Wednesday to protest working on Thanksgiving. A handful of employees walked out of one store in the morning and joined a rally with fast-food and Wal-Mart employees later in the afternoon.

Whole Foods employee Matthew Camp told Salon, “I think it will be disruptive, but that’s kind of the point: to disrupt the flow of things.” Camp said his shift at Whole Foods on the holiday would prevent him from flying home to Texas to see his family.

Whole Foods representatives say their policy is to not force anyone to work on Thanksgiving, that it is purely voluntary. Workers disagreed, saying that there was an expectation everyone would work unless they specifically requested time off.

Whole Foods employees are just some of many workers pushing back against the growing trend of stores being open on Thanksgiving, as well as Black Friday. However, many families depend on grocers being open for last-minute cooking necessities.

[Salon]

7 comments
enabler4u2
enabler4u2

se123 -- you have no clue what you're talking about. Whole Foods is a giant corporation, not a grocery store. This company is NOT transparent on its rules & regulations for good reason. Hopefully more people will continue to come forward to discuss how this company is all about the bottom line, and not "Core Values."

se123
se123

I don't agree with the striking if they are offered double time.  I've worked for grocery stores growing up.  It was never an issue there were always people who would want to work a few hours on thanks giving to make a few extra buck.  If you didn't want to work it was never an issue.

PaigeTurner
PaigeTurner

I disagree that "many families depend on grocers being open" on Thanksgiving. I have had many many Thanksgiving where the understanding was if you didn't get it on Wednesday, you just didn't have it. I have never been grocery shopping on Thanksgiving, and as a kid I have not one memory of my Mom grocery shopping on Thanksgiving.
If the stores are closed, you just make do - or run to the fuel shop and pay too much for your milk that you forgot.

vstillwell
vstillwell

I always keep hearing politicians talk about family values, but this country--and its economic system--does not value families at all anymore. How are families supposed to survive when they're constantly under the threat of poverty and have very little time together because of increased working demands? I wish the older generations would step in and support more rights for workers and young people, but they're too focused on themselves as usual. 

Jon7923
Jon7923

I work at Whole Foods.  I worked today and was very happy to.  I got double time for that and my bosses were incredibly nice about who worked.  If we didn't volunteer then they would have worked themselves.  These are a bunch of dummies who probably have jerks for bosses.  

KyleJG
KyleJG

Times would like a story on how Whole Foods discriminates against employees who are whistleblowers? We have video of an employee who was fired of time theft while she was pregnant but in the video you see other Whole foods employees also  committing time theft. My email is kj.grigsby1980@gmail.com. 


DarrenFall
DarrenFall

I find the use of the word "depend" interesting in the last line. Do people depend on grocers being open or do they depend on the convenience offered when they are open. Is the controversy over an individual's responsibility to plan, respect, and develop relationships versus the corporate responsibility to the shareholders to make profit?