US essential workers strike to demand better conditions during pandemic

May 1 2020, 11:27 am

Workers from Amazon, Whole Foods, Instacart, Walmart, FedEx, Target, and Shipt are coming together in what they’re calling a “May Day Protest.”

Frontline workers from the seven companies are walking out on Friday, International Workers Day, demanding better protection against COVID-19 and protesting the lack of safety in their work environments.

In a graphic being shared on various social media platforms, strikers are seeking hazard pay, no-test-required paid sick leave, better protective equipment, better sanitary procedures, immediate information on infected coworkers, and immediate shutdown of infected locations.

Hundreds of supporters online have agreed to support the strike by refraining from ordering online and refusing to stream on Amazon-owned website Twitch.

Here’s what a few of them have to say: