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Chicago union demonstrates at Whole Foods

February 05, 2014|By Mick Swasko, @swasko | RedEye

Demonstrations at a Whole Foods store and the company's headquarters occured today after a Chicago union said the company was supporting a woman who the union alleges was fired for staying home with her son during freezing January temperatures. 

Salon.com reported that a rally was planned for Wednesday with members of the Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago. According to the union, the woman stayed home with her son during the frigid temperatures Jan. 28, and was fired shortly after. 

A press release from the Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago said the Whole Foods was located at 3640 N. Halsted St. The press release said the rally was to include workers from two Chicago stores. 

A spokesperson for Whole Foods stated in an email that the company was aware of demonstrations at its Midwest headquarters as well as the store on Halsted Street, but it was not aware of any employees walking out of any stores in support. 

The spokesperson said that Whole Foods does not comment on current or former employees. As to the weather on Jan. 28 -- when union officials claim the woman missed work -- the spokesperson said stores were open and transportation was running, and tardy workers were excused. 

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