San Francisco’s grocery and drug store employees will receive a $5 per hour wage increase after the Board of Supervisors approved hazard pay legislation Tuesday.
With the unanimous approval, San Francisco joins a growing number of California jurisdictions that have already passed a temporary wage increase called for by the United Food and Commercial Workers labor union.
“While we are getting more people vaccinated every day, none of us can predict where we will be in two months,” said Board President Shamann Walton, who introduced the proposal. “This emergency ordinance will provide the extra protection and deserved for our essential grocery and drug store workers.”
The law applies to grocery and drug stores with 500 or more employees worldwide, including at least 20 in San Francisco, and to employees, including security guards and janitors, earning under $35 per hour or $75,000 a year. The current minimum wage in San Francisco is $16.07 per hour.
Stores had offered some form of hazard at the beginning of the pandemic, but many discontinued the pay increase in June, city officials said.
The California Grocers Association, a trade group representing thousands of grocery stores in the state, opposed San Francisco’s legislation and has sued other cities who have adopted similar laws. A federal judge recently ruled against an injunction sought by the association to block the City of Long Beach’s hazard pay from going into effect.
The association has also filed lawsuits against Montebello, San Leandro, Oakland and West Hollywood.
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