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    Whole Foods Workers Revolt Against Amazon – Aim To Unionize After Awful Working Conditions

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-...-awful-working

    Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder, earns $268,000,000 every day, while regular Amazon and Whole Foods Market employees make an average of $15 per hour. Reports have uncovered the horrible working conditions inside Amazon’s massive warehouses — as some employees had to pee in bottles because they lived in fear of being disciplined over ‘idle time’. Now a group of workers at Whole Foods is trying to form a union, seeking better compensation after the Amazon buyout left the company with deteriorating working conditions, workers claim.



    In a memo sent to nearly every Whole Foods employee on Thursday, the union’s organizers said Amazon is accelerating layoffs and consolidating stores put employees’ livelihoods at risk, and that more consolidation was expected. This is the second time Whole Foods workers have tried to organize, but it is the first time under the new ownership of Amazon, said the Fast Company.

    The union demanded a $15-an-hour minimum wage, better retirement benefits, paid maternity leave and lower health insurance costs, among other benefits — as the current situation shows all is not well in the popular grocery store as Amazon is their new corporate overlord.

    “Over the past year, layoffs and the consolidations of store-level positions at Whole Foods Market have upset the livelihood of team members, stirred, anxiety, and lowered morale within stores,” the memo declared. It then claims that Whole Foods CEO John Mackey sold the store to Amazon “with an agreement to trim hundreds of millions of dollars of labor from our stores.” The letter continues, “There will continue to be layoffs in 2019 and beyond as Amazon aims to aggressively trim our labor force before it expands with new technology and labor models.”

    Whole Foods workers seek to unionize, says Amazon is ‘exploiting our dedication’ https://t.co/uRkU85spZM

    A group of workers at Whole Foods Market are leading an effort to establish a union for the Amazon-owned company’s 85,000+ workforce.

    In a letter addressed to Whole Foods … pic.twitter.com/m7fLKeyWVW

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    “The success of Amazon and (Whole Foods) should not come at the cost of exploiting our dedication and threatening our economic stability,” the authors added.

    The Wall Street Journal, which initially reported the memo and attempted unionization last week, said the proposal was distributed at more than 499 Whole Foods stores.

    The employees are organizing with the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union — who represents workers from big box retails, including Macy’s and H&M.

    The Fast Company said Whole Foods had fought many attempts to unionize, and it is likely with Amazon pulling the strings today, unionizing has a very low probability. This summer, numerous reports showed poor working conditions and almost poverty line compensation for Amazon employees, which the company denies.



    What makes the Whole Foods attempt interesting is that, for decades, the grocery store has created the perception of a good employer–providing strong wages and benefits than most other competitors. However, with new ownership, that has all changed, as Bezos plans to strip Whole Foods of its labor costs to make it more efficient

    Amazon and Whole Foods are likely to respond to the union’s demands by denying its ability to form, but the heavily indebted American worker with no savings and a crappy job in the gig-economy is starting to catch on to this corporate pillaging of the bottom 90 percent.

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    The unions have been after Whole Foods for decades. They're just using the Amazon take over as another opportunity. I'm not sure if it'll work this time, but I wouldn't trust the media propaganda on this.

    FWIW, this is an example of propaganda, not news:
    Amazon and Whole Foods are likely to respond to the union’s demands by denying its ability to form, but the heavily indebted American worker with no savings and a crappy job in the gig-economy is starting to catch on to this corporate pillaging of the bottom 90 percent.
    It's like the whole article was written by a union boss.
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    So, did Bezos buy Whole Foods to turn it into Walmart?

    Or is this type of move to streamline it more for resale and profit from it that way?


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    $15.00 hr?

    Day labor makes better wages than that.

    Maybe stop trying to live on a highschool students part-time job wages eh?

    Learn a trade!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    $15.00 hr?
    Day labor makes better wages than that.
    Maybe stop trying to live on a highschool students part-time job wages eh?
    Learn a trade!
    funny thing is, for decades it has seemed that WF has been staffed primarily with over-educated types with worthless college degrees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by specsaregood View Post
    funny thing is, for decades it has seemed that WF has been staffed primarily with over-educated types with worthless college degrees.
    Oddly, the people with those worthless college degrees (not ones of real value), look at ALL trade skills as useless and worth less than their own uselessness.
    1776 > 1984

    The FAILURE of the United States Government to operate and maintain an
    Honest Money System , which frees the ordinary man from the clutches of the money manipulators, is the single largest contributing factor to the World's current Economic Crisis.

    The Elimination of Privacy is the Architecture of Genocide

    Belief, Money, and Violence are the three ways all people are controlled

    Quote Originally Posted by Zippyjuan View Post
    Our central bank is not privately owned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DamianTV View Post
    Oddly, the people with those worthless college degrees (not ones of real value), look at ALL trade skills as useless and worth less than their own uselessness.
    As tradesmen make bank while they whine....

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    Quote Originally Posted by DamianTV View Post
    Oddly, the people with those worthless college degrees (not ones of real value), look at ALL trade skills as useless and worth less than their own uselessness.
    Might just be an excuse to be lazy.



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    Quote Originally Posted by specsaregood View Post
    Might just be an excuse to be lazy.
    Laziness is a learned skill, 4-6 years of financed 'education' will help a person master the skillset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DamianTV View Post
    Oddly, the people with those worthless college degrees (not ones of real value), look at ALL trade skills as useless and worth less than their own uselessness.

    I thought Broadcasting could be a Trade. I guess that's my worthless degree. What a horrible industry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DamianTV View Post

    This is how the human race is entirely enslaved. If you want to see a glimpse of the future, imagine a boot stepping on the face of mankind, forever.
    Boo Hoo. The sooner the robots replace these whiners, the better off humanity will be. Stocking grocery shelves isn't worth what they currently pay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DamianTV View Post
    Oddly, the people with those worthless college degrees (not ones of real value), look at ALL trade skills as useless and worth less than their own uselessness.
    Oh muh feelz! The class warfare!

    Konrade, value is determined entirely by what one's can earn with one's assets. Whiny millennials can whine about being enslaved by work all they want to, but that doesn't mean their employer owes them a single penny more than what they're actually worth.
    * Enforce Border Security – America should be guarding her own borders and enforcing her own laws instead of policing the world and implementing UN mandates.

    * No Amnesty - The Obama Administration’s endorsement of so-called “Comprehensive Immigration Reform,” granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, will only encourage more law-breaking.

    * Abolish the Welfare State – Taxpayers cannot continue to pay the high costs to sustain this powerful incentive for illegal immigration. As Milton Friedman famously said, you can’t have open borders and a welfare state.

    * End Birthright Citizenship – As long as illegal immigrants know their children born here will be granted U.S. citizenship, we’ll never be able to control our immigration problem.




    Reprinted from http://www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/immigration/ [Nov. 29, 2011]

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    Quote Originally Posted by VIDEODROME View Post
    So, did Bezos buy Whole Foods to turn it into Walmart?

    Or is this type of move to streamline it more for resale and profit from it that way?

    Probably plans to use the assets to wade deeper into the home delivery of groceries.
    * Enforce Border Security – America should be guarding her own borders and enforcing her own laws instead of policing the world and implementing UN mandates.

    * No Amnesty - The Obama Administration’s endorsement of so-called “Comprehensive Immigration Reform,” granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, will only encourage more law-breaking.

    * Abolish the Welfare State – Taxpayers cannot continue to pay the high costs to sustain this powerful incentive for illegal immigration. As Milton Friedman famously said, you can’t have open borders and a welfare state.

    * End Birthright Citizenship – As long as illegal immigrants know their children born here will be granted U.S. citizenship, we’ll never be able to control our immigration problem.




    Reprinted from http://www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/immigration/ [Nov. 29, 2011]

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    Quote Originally Posted by VIDEODROME View Post
    I thought Broadcasting could be a Trade. I guess that's my worthless degree. What a horrible industry.
    Ditto. Absolutely no media unions here what so ever.
    1776 > 1984

    The FAILURE of the United States Government to operate and maintain an
    Honest Money System , which frees the ordinary man from the clutches of the money manipulators, is the single largest contributing factor to the World's current Economic Crisis.

    The Elimination of Privacy is the Architecture of Genocide

    Belief, Money, and Violence are the three ways all people are controlled

    Quote Originally Posted by Zippyjuan View Post
    Our central bank is not privately owned.

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    At least most Skilled Trades do have Unions. Probably why they pay more.

    Sadly, this has declined in my current trade Truck Driving; I'm still making more money with it, but it seems like it should really pay more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VIDEODROME View Post
    At least most Skilled Trades do have Unions. Probably why they pay more.

    Sadly, this has declined in my current trade Truck Driving; I'm still making more money with it, but it seems like it should really pay more.
    Most good paying jobs are either union or government. Or high tech.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zippyjuan View Post
    Most good paying jobs are either union or government. Or high tech.
    Thanks to government.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zippyjuan View Post
    Most good paying jobs are either union or government. Or high tech.
    Would you consider Goldman Sachs a government job?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dannno View Post
    Would you consider Goldman Sachs a government job?
    Trump likes to hire them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zippyjuan View Post
    Trump likes to hire them.
    He hires the bank, or people who have worked for them?

    Would you say they hire some of the best and brightest?
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    "Each of us must choose which course of action we should take: education, conventional political action, or even peaceful civil disobedience to bring about necessary changes. But let it not be said that we did nothing." - Ron Paul

    "Paul said "the wave of the future" is a coalition of anti-authoritarian progressive Democrats and libertarian Republicans in Congress opposed to domestic surveillance, opposed to starting new wars and in favor of ending the so-called War on Drugs."

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    The big picture here is that Whole Foods are the central groceries for Agenda 21 / 2030 stack n pack development areas. When Bezos talks about tech labor development he means automation and then delivery to the stack n pack tenant's door. No matter how hard the employees try to unionize they will eventually lose their jobs any way.

    Bezos is mostly a figurehead any way like the vast majority of the "rockstar ceos". The guy has some kind of mental issue. If you watch recent interviews you see he has some misfiring synapses.

    Its all about A21 implementation. Pretty much everything is now.



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