In the blog post referencing the layoffs, the company said it had been testing new workflows with its retail partners. One of those is called Partner Pick. With Partner Pick, grocery store employees, instead of Instacart shoppers, use the company’s technology stack to prepare orders for customers. “As a result of some grocers transitioning to a Partner Pick model, we’ll be winding down our in-store operations at select retailer locations over the coming months,” the company said in the post.
Understandably, the company has come under fire for the decision. “Instacart firing the only unionized workers at the company and destroying the jobs of nearly 2,000 dedicated front-line workers in the middle of this public health crisis is simply wrong,” Marc Perrone, the president of United Foods and Commercial Workers union said. Instacart was one of the companies that spent millions last year to pass Prop 22 in California. The ballot measure sought to carved out the state’s AB5 law and prevent it from classifying gig economy workers as employees of the companies they work for.
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