In metro Atlanta, Instacart offers delivery of products from major retailers, including Costco, CVS, Fresh Market, Kroger, Publix, Sam's Club and Target.
The blog post states that workers will strike Monday if the company fails to provide hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes and other personal protective equipment and institute hazard pay of an additional $5 per order and make the app's default tip at least 10% of the total value of the order. Other demands include extending pay for gig workers affected by COVID-19, such as a doctor's note concerning a pre-existing condition or an order to self-quarantine.
Vice Motherboard and other national outlets previously reported the threatened strike.
In a statement, Instacart said, “the health and safety of our entire community — shoppers, customers, and employees — is our first priority.”
“Our goal is to offer a safe and flexible earnings opportunity to shoppers, while also proactively taking the appropriate precautionary measures to operate safely,” the statement went on to say.
As more cities in Georgia and across the country implement stay-at-home orders, delivery services such as Instacart are in the spotlight.
In its own blog post over the weekend, Instacart announced new initiatives and said it was extending some benefits it enacted in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The company said it will offer up to 14 days of pay "for any hourly employee or full-service shopper who is diagnosed with COVID-19 or placed in individual mandatory isolation or quarantine, as directed by a local, state, or public health authority." That benefit, which had been offered through April 8, was extended to May 8, the company's blog post said.
Instacart said it also is working with retailers to promote shopper safety and is instituting bonuses for some in-store shoppers, “contactless” payments for alcohol purchases and the ability for shoppers to report issues through the app.