$4-per-hour pandemic hazard pay for grocery workers approved by King County Council

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Many grocery workers in unincorporated King County will be getting a pay increase for the duration of the pandemic emergency, thanks to legislation approved Tuesday by the King County Council.

The Council approved a proposal that adds a $4-per-hour hazard pay for employees at large grocery stores in unincorporated King County. In the final version, independently owned stores in areas historically underserved would be exempt.

“For the last year I have visited with, and thanked the checkers, stockers, butchers and deli workers at the grocery stores I shop. I have seen and heard their fatigue, and also their courage and dedication to their customers,” said Councilmember Rod Dembowski, who drafted the legislation. 
“These extraordinary times call for governments like King County to respond with extraordinary help. I am proud to stand with these frontline workers and ensure that the risks they and their families are taking, and the dedication they are showing, is reflected in our laws, and in their paychecks. Four dollars an hour is a small price to pay to ensure the continued service they are providing to our communities.”

The legislation would require the pay until the COVID-19 emergency declared by Executive Dow Constantine ends.


Anonymous,  March 14, 2021 at 12:59 PM  

So nice of the politicians to get involved in businesses that are not theirs yet again. Don't get me wrong. hats off to those who work more around people and can potentially get exposed, but by doing this. Like with any forced wage hike. The consumer will pick up the tab when they see the prices increase. It would be nice to see government working to reduce the cost of living for once. Especially in this state.

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