Whole Foods cuts workers hours after Amazon introduces minimum wage

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In response to public pressure and increasing scrutiny over the pay of its warehouse workers, Amazon enacted a $15 minimum wage for all its employees on 1 November, including workers at grocery chain Whole Foods, which it purchased in 2017.

All Whole Foods employees paid less than $15 an hour saw their wages increase to at least that, while all other team members received a $1 an hour wage increase and team leaders received a $2 an hour increase.

But since the wage increase, Whole Food employees have told the Guardian that they have experienced widespread cuts that have reduced schedule shifts across many stores, often negating wage gains for employees. “My hours went from 30 to 20 a week,” said one Whole Foods employee in Illinois. The Illinois-based worker explained that once the $15 minimum wage was enacted, part-time employee hours at their store were cut from an average of 30 to 21 hours a week, and full-time employees saw average hours reduced from 37.5 hours to 34.5 hours. An internal email shared by the employee from their department manager cited the across-the-board shift cuts as “the direct result of guidance from our regional team”.

Some Whole Foods workers say the cuts have led to understaffing issues. “Things that have made it more noticeable are the long lines, the need to call for cashier and bagging assistance, and customers not being able to find help in certain departments because not enough are scheduled, and we are a big store,” said one worker in California.

“Just about every person on our team has complained about their hours being cut. Some have had to look for other jobs as they can’t make ends meet,” they added. “There are many team members working at Whole Foods today whose total compensation is actually less than what it was before the wage increase due to these labor reductions,” said a Whole Worker spokesperson in an email to the Guardian.

Whole Foods cuts workers' hours after Amazon introduces minimum wage
 
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Oh well, either they were previously over-manned, or they're willing to lose customers due to poor service.

If it's the latter, then they'll just have to suffer the losses.
 
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Would I rather work 30 hours at $15 or 40 hours at $10? Let me think....only an idiot would want to work more hours for less pay...
Mr. Gaffer,

How about if you are like most Whole Food Workers who got a $1/hour raise, but had their work hours cut from 30 hours/week, to 21 hours/week?

Is that good?
 

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In response to public pressure and increasing scrutiny over the pay of its warehouse workers, Amazon enacted a $15 minimum wage for all its employees on 1 November, including workers at grocery chain Whole Foods, which it purchased in 2017.

All Whole Foods employees paid less than $15 an hour saw their wages increase to at least that, while all other team members received a $1 an hour wage increase and team leaders received a $2 an hour increase.

But since the wage increase, Whole Food employees have told the Guardian that they have experienced widespread cuts that have reduced schedule shifts across many stores, often negating wage gains for employees. “My hours went from 30 to 20 a week,” said one Whole Foods employee in Illinois. The Illinois-based worker explained that once the $15 minimum wage was enacted, part-time employee hours at their store were cut from an average of 30 to 21 hours a week, and full-time employees saw average hours reduced from 37.5 hours to 34.5 hours. An internal email shared by the employee from their department manager cited the across-the-board shift cuts as “the direct result of guidance from our regional team”.

Some Whole Foods workers say the cuts have led to understaffing issues. “Things that have made it more noticeable are the long lines, the need to call for cashier and bagging assistance, and customers not being able to find help in certain departments because not enough are scheduled, and we are a big store,” said one worker in California.

“Just about every person on our team has complained about their hours being cut. Some have had to look for other jobs as they can’t make ends meet,” they added. “There are many team members working at Whole Foods today whose total compensation is actually less than what it was before the wage increase due to these labor reductions,” said a Whole Worker spokesperson in an email to the Guardian.

Whole Foods cuts workers' hours after Amazon introduces minimum wage

So a part time employee working 30 hours gets excited thinking they are really going to get ahead, by still working their same 30 hours @ $15.00 -
only to be fooled and by having their hours cut down to 20, what a sham!

Sad situation for the people who work for Whole Foods.
 
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So a part time employee working 30 hours gets excited thinking they are really going to get ahead, by still working their same 30 hours @ $15.00 -
only to be fooled and by having their hours cut down to 20, what a sham!

Sad situation for the people who work for Whole Foods.
The other issue not mentioned is once one worker falls below 30-35 hours they might not get benefits as they fall to part time.
 

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The other issue not mentioned is once one worker falls below 30-35 hours they might not get benefits as they fall to part time.
And that could create havoc one a persons budget having to pay for benefits themselves, most likely would have to find a new job.

That's making a bad situation worse...
 
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The other issue not mentioned is once one worker falls below 30-35 hours they might not get benefits as they fall to part time.
Looks like 30 is their cutoff, below which you still qualify but the employee needs to contribute $150 per week.
 
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Mr. Gaffer,

How about if you are like most Whole Food Workers who got a $1/hour raise, but had their work hours cut from 30 hours/week, to 21 hours/week?

Is that good?

If they only got a $1.00 per hour raise, then there should be no need to reduce hours.