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Whole Foods Workers Launch Sickout Protest. How Many Isn’t Clear

They’re demanding more sick pay and protections for grocery store employees working through the pandemic.

People wait in line outside a Whole Foods Market Inc. store as a delivery worker pedals a bike in New York, on March 31.

People wait in line outside a Whole Foods Market Inc. store as a delivery worker pedals a bike in New York, on March 31.

Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg
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Some workers at Whole Foods Market stores across the U.S. called in sick on Tuesday, part of a coordinated action to demand more sick pay and protections for grocery store employees working through the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s unclear how many people participated. An organizer said they didn’t have an estimate, and a Whole Foods spokeswoman didn't provide a tally, but said the strike hadn't disrupted operations.