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Amazon-owned Whole Foods is cutting medical benefits for part-time workers, 13 Sep
The decision, according to the company, is designed "to better meet the needs of our business and create a more equitable and efficient scheduling model," a Whole Foods spokesperson told BI.
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[JEFF "Pecker-stole-my-dick pics" BEZOS] purchased Whole Foods in 2017 for $13.7 billion, and the grocery chain currently employs roughly 95,000 people. Amazon, on the other hand, is worth nearly $910 billion, making it the third most valuable company on the planet behind Apple and Microsoft, both of which passed trillion-dollar market valuations over the past 12 months.
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"The small percentage of part-time team members ... who previously opted into medical benefits through Whole Foods Market's healthcare plan -- less than 2% of our total workforce -- will no longer be eligible to buy into medical coverage through the company," the Whole Foods spokesperson told BI. "We are providing team members with resources to find alternative healthcare coverage options, or to explore full-time, healthcare-eligible positions starting at 30 hours per week."  
'Go back to work': outcry over deaths on Amazon's warehouse floor , 16 Oct
[FILE PHOTO A woman works at a packing station at the 855,000-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center in Staten Island, New York. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images]
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An Amazon worker on the same shift told the Guardian: "Bill was on the floor for quite some time and nobody knew that time until cameras were reviewed, but in 20 minutes a worker in a nearby department [?] saw him lying on the floor and then began radio callouts for 911. It really is unbelievable how Bill was laying there for 20 minutes and nobody nearby saw until an Amnesty* worker with a radio** came by."

The worker, who requested to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation, noted the Amnesty worker started CPR after finding Foister. Amnesty workers are Amazon floor monitors who ensure the warehouse floors are clear and reset robot units when necessary.

The incident is among the latest in a series of accidents and fatalities that have led to Amazon's inclusion on the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health's 2019 Dirty Dozen list of the most dangerous employers in the United States. The report cited six Amazon worker deaths between November 2018 and April 2019, and several news reports over the past few years that have detailed dangerous working conditions.

Foister, a stower who scanned and stocked warehouse shelves with products at an Amazon warehouse in Etna, Ohio, just outside of Columbus, went into cardiac arrest on 2 September 2019.


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* "Amnesty" is a task of the Inventory Control and Quality Assurance (ICQA) "department". ICQA "associates" assigned to amnesty retrieve damaged, misplaced, broken unit packs, etc. from pick/pack/stow stations. "Stow" stations receive inventory off transport (INBOUND ops) to be sorted by "pick" department into KSP bot or stationary storage racks. "Pack" department is OUTBOUND ops.
** at Bal'more fulfillment radio were stationed at one end and manager's "desk" of each floor, not ty[ically in good working order.
 

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by Cat on Mon Oct 21st, 2019 at 04:41:49 AM EST
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