Months after parent-company Amazon conceded to public pressure from Democratic lawmakers and raised their minimum wage to $15 an hour for all employees; Whole Foods has slashed worker hours and other benefits to cope with the increased labor costs.
“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,” reports the Guardian.
“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,” adds the report.
“We just have to work faster to meet the same goals in less time,” said one employee. “My hours went from 30 to 20 a week.”
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is launching a national campaign to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour across the country; raising serious concerns from employers and small businesses on how to handle the increased costs.
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