As Amazon, Walmart, and others profit amid coronavirus crisis, their essential workers plan strike

By The Intercept


The Intercept reports that Workers from Amazon, Instacart, Whole Foods, Walmart, Target, and FedEx plan to walk out on work on May 1 citing what they say is their employers’ record profits at the expense of workers’ health and safety during the coronavirus pandemic.

In March, Amazon workers in New York City and more than 10,000 Instacart workers across the country staged a walkout.

“These workers have been exploited so shamelessly for so long by these companies while performing incredibly important but largely invisible labor. All of a sudden, they’re deemed essential workers in a pandemic, giving them tremendous leverage and power if they organize collectively.” - Stephen Brier, labor historian and professor at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies.

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