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July 28, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Seattle mayor attacks Whole Foods

Former employee supports McGinn

As a former Whole Foods employee, I’d like to respond in support of Mayor Mike McGinn’s stance against the new West Seattle development. [“McGinn goes all out on Whole Foods,” NW Sunday, July 21.]

On the surface level, Whole Foods has the makings for what looks like a great place to work: bright, open space, classy-looking products, “organic” and “local” signs dotting the shelves of produce and artisanal goods.

However, the working conditions for many are subpar. I worked roughly 20 hours a week in a refrigerator tucked back in the store’s kitchens. Yes, an actual walk-in refrigerator. It was my job to pack salads for the prepackaged section of the store.

I was told to bring layers and deal with the cold. My hands were numb by the end of my shift.

I appreciate the mayor’s efforts to make Seattle a place where you are treated fairly, no matter your job. Let’s bring a grocer to West Seattle that values every employee.

Alexa Burwell, Seattle

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