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Mayor proposes $4 an hour hazard pay bump for Edmonds grocery store workers


Last updated 4/2/2021 at 4:40pm

Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson has proposed an ordinance that would require grocery stores with 500 or more employees statewide to provide their Edmonds employees with hazard pay of $4 per hour for each hour worked in Edmonds until Gov. Jay Inslee has declared the state of emergency in Washington has been lifted.

This ordinance will be presented to City Council for its review and approval on Tuesday, April 6.

In a news release, Nelson said that throughout the entirety of the COVID-19 emergency, grocery businesses have been operating in Edmonds and relying upon the work of grocery employees who...

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Reader Comments(1)

Debra Arthur writes:

Sounds fair and appropriate to me. The only thing I don't get is why the 500 employees only. Convenience stores around here...have people in and out all day. They serve and sell food. Often to those who can't afford or have no transportation to the BIG groceries. Apparently since they have been open and operating thru all of this, they too were and are considered Essential. Also the produce markets...more affordable. So I think all of them should get the 4$ bump in pay. That seems fair to me. And to end I say Thankyou so much to all our food suppliers for helping all of us so much. Risking your health is a sacrifice not everyone will make. Btw..Again. this comes out in this paper (which I like)..3 days before you have your meeting...Enough of the sneaky, nelson...Enough. Like I said I approve other than what I said...but I don't like hearing about it 3 days before...This must stop now....and this is why we need to clean house.


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