On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council backed a measure that would make grocery stores give their workers $5 dollar hazard pay raises.
This is the latest in the fight over “hero pay,” which advocates say grocery store workers deserve for putting themselves at risk during the pandemic to provide an essential service.
But some larger grocery stores have pushed back, saying that the pay raises aren’t financially viable. After Long Beach passed a $4 pay bump requirement for grocery store workers, Kroger decided to close two of its supermarkets in the area.
We dive into the issue.
Stuart Waldman, president of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA), a non-profit representing businesses in the San Fernando Valley