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San Francisco considers $5 per hour hazard pay for grocery employees

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) – The San Francisco board of directors is expected to pass a resolution to pass an ordinance that would give grocery store workers a $ 5 hourly increase.

This would offset the risk of being on the front lines during the pandemic. It is also a means of additional support in financially uncertain times.

But the California Grocers Association says this could misfire and force stores to raise prices.

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“Some of these unattended consequences could primarily be passing these costs on to our consumers through food prices,” said Ron Fong, president of the California Grocers Association. “If you set a price of 30 percent, we have to pass it on to someone.”

This does not recognize the potential for redistributing money from the percentage of profits that go to grocery store owners and other higher-level businesses.

The food association adds that many stores are already giving out bonuses and additional wages.

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