Workers begin to organize against Amazon takeover of Whole Foods
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Amazon’s announcement in June that it plans to buy Whole Foods for $13.7 billion has led to speculation throughout the retail industry about the corporation’s intentions in the grocery sector. Supply chain and retail workers in particular fear the merger will result in layoffs and less bargaining power overall. Some are ratcheting up unionization efforts in response.
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In mid-July, upstate New York-based drivers for United Natural Foods, Inc., Whole Foods’ primary supplier and the largest organic and natural foods distributor in the country, signed a union contract with the Teamsters. In the contract announcement, Teamster representatives cited industry consolidation as a major factor in the push to organize UNFI workers, and noted that the union will provide “much-needed stability” in the wake of Amazon’s pending acquisition of Whole Foods