Santa Monica Lookout: ‘Hero Pay’ Could Backfire, Grocery Industry Says

The grocery industry is warning cities like Santa Monica to reconsider “knee-jerk proposals” to raise the pay of grocery workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

The California Grocers Association says ordinances like the one the City Council is considering Tuesday will likely result in higher food prices and scaled-back hours for workers.

“Some localities are rushing to implement these proposals in just a few short weeks without a complete analysis of their costs, impact to families and communities, and input from businesses,” the Association said in a statement.

The industry group urged cities to stop and study the potential impacts of their proposed measures “before rushing to a decision that could do far more harm than good.”

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