On March 1st, our council unanimously passed an emergency ordinance on hazard pay for essential workers at grocery and drug stores with over 750 employees nationally including Chavez Supermarkets, CVS, Rite Aid, Safeway, Smart & Final, Target, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, and Whole Foods.
"Grocery and drugstore workers in San Mateo will get a $5 per hour pay increase after the city passed a hazard pay ordinance, joining several Bay Area cities that have passed similar ordinances.
“This is a pretty measured approach. It’s just until we get a vaccination rate that is higher. I thank the council for being committed to this,” Councilwoman Diane Papan said."
“We are here today because we love our residents. We love our store workers. We are here to protect as many as possible in a reasonable way. Raising the limit and exempting more doesn’t achieve that,” Bonilla said." [Read full article]