CGA Press Release: California Grocers Association Warns of Potential Negative Impacts of Los Angeles County Ordinance Mandating Extra Pay for Grocery Workers

Contact: Nate Rose, Senior Director of Communications, CA Grocers Association, [email protected]

Local communities need to fully analyze the negative consequences of mandatory extra pay-increase proposals before rushing to implement

Sacramento – Today the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will be voting to instruct staff to develop an ordinance to require grocers to pay workers an extra $5 per hour in LA County. In response, Ron Fong, president and CEO of the California Grocers Association, released the statement below.

Mr. Fong is also available for phone or Zoom interviews by calling or emailing Nate Rose or Kathy Fairbanks above.

“Grocery store workers are frontline heroes, and that’s why grocers have undertaken a massive effort to institute store policies to make both workers and customers safer. Many grocers have already 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.

“These extra pay mandates will not do anything to make grocery workers or customers any safer. Rather, there will be significant potential negative consequences and would likely result in higher costs for groceries that disproportionately hurts low-income families, seniors and disadvantaged communities already struggling financially. These proposals could also harm grocery workers themselves if stores are forced to reduce jobs or hours for employees due to higher costs.

“It doesn’t make sense to single out grocery stores for these extra pay proposals when there are many other professions and industries similarly providing essential services. A vote on these knee-jerk proposals without conducting an economic analysis is premature. Local communities must take the time to carefully study the potential negative impacts for workers, families, and businesses.”