Amazon -owned Whole Foods provides benefits for 1,900 part-time workers in early 2020, with employees working 20 hours a week and asking the bar to buy into the company's health plan will now be set at 30 hours a week, Business Insider reported this week.
The changes will not affect full-time employees, according to BI. In a truly headache-provoking statement to the site, a Whole Foods spokesman mentioned the change as an attempt to make its "planning model" more "fair and effective":
Whole Foods said it made the change "to better meet business needs and create a more just and effective planning model. "
" The small percentage of part-time members … who previously chose medical benefits through Whole Foods Market's health plan – less than 2% of our total workforce – will no longer be eligible to buy medical coverage through the company, "said Whole Foods spokesman.
Undoubtedly, it is more "effective" for Whole Foods and the owner of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, whose Forbes estimates are worth $ 114.4 billion to kick nearly 2,000 people off of an enterprise health care plan. Verge noted that when they reached Amazon, the spokesperson was sure to emphasize that these workers still qualified for a 20 percent discount on Whole Foods products. So fair!
"I'm in shock," one of the Whole Foods workers told BI. "I've worked here for 15 years. That's why I keep the job – because of my benefits." As BI noted separately just last month, Bezos signed a Business Roundtable pledge that (loosely) obliged signatories to "deliver value to all" stakeholders, not just shareholders, including "investing in our employees" and "fairly compensating them and providing important benefits."
According to Seattle Times workers involved in a trade union at Whole Foods who previously raised concerns about Amazon's plans to "trim our workforce aggressively before expanding with new technology and working models" push back. An account linked to the lobby tweeted, "They were already making profits. Now they are coming for our health care system. " home office positions for employees over 6,000 hours were eliminated under Amazon ownership.)
United Food and Commercial Workers Union President Marc Perrone, who has worked to organize Amazon staff in New York, but whose union does not yet represent Whole Foods employees told the Times in a statement that the cuts are "one of Jeff Bezos' most brutal attacks on the quality of Whole Foods jobs and the communities they support."  Congratulations to Bezos for filling his exaggerated wallet with some more sharp, seized bills worth human misery . After all – you're not going to be the world's richest man by being a good person.