Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, grocery store employees have served on the frontlines as essential workers to ensure customers have safe access to food and daily living essentials.
Grocery stores have invested significantly in equipment and protocols to protect workers and shoppers, as well as provided workers with extra pay, bonuses, and generous health benefits during the pandemic as a supplement to the fair, competitive wages and benefits collectively bargained by grocery workers’ unions.
This is why the California Grocers Association has launched ExtraPayFacts.com to help dispel the myths surrounding the Extra Pay Ordinances currently under discussion in many cities across California.
Let’s be clear about the facts:
- Extra pay mandates could significantly increase food and grocery costs for California families at the worst possible time
- Extra pay mandates could lead to increased food insecurity for low-income and disadvantaged communities
- Extra pay mandates could limit access to grocery stores for consumers and eliminate jobs and hours for the very grocery workers these mandates claim to be trying to help
- Despite what proponents claim, extra pay does nothing to make workers safer
- The full economic impact of these mandates is not yet known, as local governments have not performed an economic impact assessment
Local grocery stores are committed to paying competitive wages and benefits to their employees. The proposals ignore this commitment and ongoing efforts, and would have significant, negative impacts at the worst possible time.
The CGA urges California municipalities to undertake a complete economic impact assessment to fully understand the potential negative impacts for workers, families, and businesses of grocery worker extra pay proposals.