On Tuesday, the Antioch City Council will discuss moving forward with an Urgency Ordinance that would require large grocery stores to pay employees an additional wage of up to $5 per hour in temporary hazard pay.
According to the report, if approved, the council could require large grocery stores to pay an additional $3, $4 or $5 per hour for a specified period of time associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The item comes before the city council as Governor Gavin Newsom has announced that if things go well, the State could reopen as early as June 15, 2021.
According to the staff report, the city staff anticipates litigation would be filed by the California Grocers Association and/or potentially impacted businesses immediately subsequent to the adoption of this ordinance It also would be reasonable to foresee that the city will incur significant legal costs in defense of this ordinance and potential exposure to payment of attorney fees if the litigation is successful.
The ordinance would require grocery stores with 300 or more employees nationwide to pay covered employees an additional wage of up to $5 per hour in temporary “hazard pay” for 120 days or until Contra Costa County enters the minimal risk level (Yellow Tier under the state health orders). The council will decide if the increased hourly pay is $3, $4 or $5.
Other Cities/County’s With Hero Pay for Grocery Workers:
- City of Berkeley – $5 “Hazard Pay”
- City of Concord –$5 “Hazard Pay”
- City of Irvine – $4 “Hero Pay”
- Long Beach – $4 “Hero Pay” which shut down two grocery stores.
- Los Angeles County: $5 “Hero Pay”
- City of Oakland – $5 “Hazard Pay”
- San Francisco County – $5 “hazard pay”
- City of San Jose – $3 “Hazard Pay”
- Santa Clara County – $5 “Hazard Pay”
- Santa Monica – $5 “Hero Pay”
- West Hollywood – $5 “Hero Pay”
Antioch City Council Meeting
- Tuesday, April 14
- 7:00 PM
- Agenda: https://www.antiochca.gov/fc/government/agendas/CityCouncil/2021/agendas/041321/041321.pdf
- Speaker Cards: If you wish to provide a written public comment, you may do so any of the following ways by 3:30 p.m. the day of the Council Meeting: