A report by NBC News said Amazon workers at two Southern California warehouses had proposed demands to shut down the facilities for two weeks for sterilization while employees are tested for the virus.
Amazon also disputed the number of workers involved in the protest, saying it was 15 of more than 5,000 employees at the Staten Island site.
Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island plan to strike on Monday. Through their strike, the workers are hoping to pressure Amazon into closing the facility for a deep cleaning, CNBC says, with employees to receive pay while doors are shut.
"People need to be held accountable, even Jeff Bezos himself", Mr Smalls said in a telephone interview.
"Taking action cost me my job", said Smalls, who was an assistant manager.
Whole Foods' coronavirus response includes unlimited call-outs for workers who are unable or unwilling to work, plus an additional $2 per hour on top of hourly base pay. "Like all businesses grappling with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we are working hard to keep employees safe while serving communities and the most vulnerable", Amazon said in a statement.
Among those were some of the roughly 200,000 workers at U.S. online grocery delivery company Instacart, according to strike organiser Gig Workers Collective, founded earlier this year by Instacart worker Vanessa Bain.
Instacart announced some improvements to safety and its tips system Sunday.
But finding a same-day delivery window on Monday was a challenge.
"You put me on quarantine for coming into contact with somebody, but I was around [that person] for less than five minutes", he told Vice. A lifeline of groceries could be caught in the middle.
Instacart shoppers have banded together and are threatening a strike, walking out and leaving hundreds of people to shop for themselves during the pandemic. Already, 50,000 of them have started shopping on the platform.
The shoppers are protesting what they say are inadequate workplace protections, meager pay and false promises, according to a statement from shoppers who have allied with the advocacy group Gig Workers Collective. They want to be paid for the time that it's closed. They may lose income, but "it's better than dying or infecting their family or infecting customers".
"COVID-19 is a very real threat to the safety of our workforce and customers", according to Whole Worker, the national worker group that is organizing the "sick out". Vice first reported the plans.