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Antioch City Council to Consider $5 per Hour Hazard Pay for Grocery Store Employees

by ECT

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

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ManBearPig Apr 10, 2021 - 9:18 am


Still have yet to see a single city offer up the legal basis that allows them to dictate how much a private company is forced to pay their staff.

Honey20 Apr 10, 2021 - 4:13 pm

Are you fucking kidding me. For grocery store workers? It’s so hazardous putting groceries in a bag. These three sewer rats on the city council really need to go.

k Apr 11, 2021 - 6:38 am

Legislating economics never works out. Why only grocery stores? Why not all people that are forced to leave their house. Isn’t this ridiculous move a little late anyway? I think we all realize that Raleys employees are not dying at a higher rate than anyone else.

Frank Apr 11, 2021 - 8:05 am

They certainly do not know the slim margins grocery stores work on. Stay out of private businesses. This will result in layoffs of these workers. Worry about your own city workers.

Tim Apr 12, 2021 - 2:37 am

putting groceries in bags isnt so hazardous, but entitled customers shoving past employees restocking shelves and grabbing on them, customers and employees refusing to wear masks and and management refusing to enforce policies. my mom worked at raley’s through the beginning of the pandemic but cancer like that everyday and having to sterilize every day after work so she didnt pass it to my advanced lung disease having father. straight up causing a mental breakdown.
So yeah, its quite hazardous.

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