At the February 2, 2021 Council meeting, Council unanimously passed my emergency ordinance, effective immediately, requiring large grocery stores in Oakland to pay workers an additional $5/hr in hazard pay until Oakland reaches the Minimal / Yellow tier.
Gratitude to Alameda Labor Council, AFL CIO and UFCW Local 5 for their partnership and to Oakland's 2,000 grocery workers who've been on the frontlines of this pandemic providing necessities to our community everyday.
In Oakland, covered employers are Cardenas Markets / Mi Pueblo, Foods Co., Whole Foods, Grocery Outlet, Safeway, Smart and Final, Sprouts, Target, Trader Joe's, Lucky's / Save Mart / Food Maxx. Lucky's has been providing hazard pay throughout COVID, showing it's possible to justly compensate workers while turning a profit. It's time for our other large grocery retailers to join!
As large grocery corporations' profits have soared to record-high levels during this pandemic, this legislation helps to ensure our essential workers are justly compensated for their work, and that profits are shared with workers and their families.