Protect Essential Grocery Workers without Putting Others at Risk
By: Ronald Fong, President and CEO, California Grocers Association
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on December 31, 2020
As the holiday shopping season comes to a close, many businesses wonder whether they have the means to keep seasonal holiday workers onboard in a full or part-time capacity.
However, for grocers, that decision has been complicated by recent “emergency” ordinances being considered in the cities of Long Beach and Los Angeles. Both city councils have proposed extra pay increases of $4 per hour (Long Beach) and $5 per hour (Los Angeles) for grocery store workers.
While these proposals might sound good, they are, in fact, an extra tax on working families and business owners as higher costs are inevitably passed along to consumers. More concerning, neither city has done an economic assessment of these plans nor have they taken into account the views of grocers, including independent grocers and ethnic markets which would also be negatively impacted.