by Luke Schaefer
United Food and Commercial Workers 21, the grocery workers’ union, held informational pickets outside four PCC Community Markets in Seattle, Edmonds and Bellevue on Wednesday. In addition to demands for a union contract that includes higher wages and secure retirement, workers are calling for representation on PCC’s board of trustees after several controversial decisions have put the co-op’s community focus into question.
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by Ben Adlin
Thousands of frontline workers at large grocery stores in Seattle will soon see a $4-per-hour raise under emergency hazard-pay legislation passed Monday, Jan. 25, by the City Council. Labor leaders hope the new rule will inspire similar action around Puget Sound, including neighboring Burien and unincorporated King County.
The increase requires Seattle grocery businesses with 500 or more total employees to raise workers’ hourly wages by $4 in recognition of the higher risk of contracting COVID-19 involved in their work. The measure does not apply to small businesses, convenience stores, or farmers markets.
The City Council approved the bill on an 8–0 vote, allowing it to take effect as soon as the mayor signs it. That’s expected to happen next Wednesday, Feb. 3, Durkan’s staff told the Emerald in an email.
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