His employer, a federal contractor named Maximus, has discussed reclassifying many workers in order to hold down their pay.
To Thomas’s mind, there has been one positive outgrowth from all this dismay – far greater interest in unionizing.
So he joined the nationwide Instacart strike on 30 March involving in-store shoppers (whom Instacart considers employees) and Instacart food deliverers (Instacart says they are independent contractors).
Instacart shoppers at a Mariano’s grocery store in Skokie, Illinois, voted 10-to-4 to unionize in February, becoming the nation’s first Instacart workers to unionize.
Hartson said Covid-19 gave added momentum to the effort at his store, and he was soon discussing unionization with Instacart workers in Austin, Boston, Miami and Orlando.