New management practices (the forcing unreasonable codes of conduct to eliminate positions, lower wages, increased surveillance of workers, workload increases, decreasing incentives, and general intimidation and abuse) at the Whole Foods on Brentwood Blvd. have finally pushed workers there to begin to vent openly. Workers have created a blog/forum and began airing their grievances. In response, both local and Midwest regional management have taken up residency in this St. Louis store to re-establish order. Below is the latest blog entry from these pissed-off Whole Foods employees. (The name of the blog, TrueTMAG, is a reference to the TMAG – Team Member Awareness Group – Whole Foods’ forced alternative to the need for a union.) For now, tensions are high on both sides, and employees welcome any support from concerned customers, ex-workers, and the public in general.
New Shit Has Come to Light, Man: Regional Coordinator and HR seen in Galleria Store
Joel Braver and Susan Crane from Midwest Regional were in the store today July 10th and are staying until they have put us back in our place. They are here to intimidate and punish workers who dare stand up. Finally the tables have turned. Instead of us fearing for our jobs, it’s now management who is afraid. And we made them afraid.
Management have every tool at their disposal, all we have is each other. They will be calling us in for questioning and scrutinizing every move we make. Don’t trust them. They are here to intimidate and fire people, nothing more. Don’t let them scare you. Don’t let them fool you. Don’t give them any names.
We need to keep sharing information and ideas for action. They treat us like dogs, now we bite. What will we do next, sick-in, strike, unionize?