City OKs Ordinance Raising Some Store Workers’ Pay

Following weeks of intense disagreement among City Council members, the group approved an ordinance increasing pay for Burbank grocery and drugstore workers on Tuesday.

The hazard pay ordinance, sometimes referred to as “hero pay,” directs affected stores to increase employees’ wages by $5 an hour starting June 18 and will last for 60 days unless terminated early or extended. It will affect workers of large businesses, defined as stores that have more than 10 employees and are either publicly traded or report having more than 300 employees nationwide.

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Grocery, Drug Store Workers Could Get Hazard Pay

After intense debate, the Burbank City Council appears poised to pass a temporary wage increase for grocery and drug store workers later this month by a narrow voting margin.

The City Council approved on Tuesday the introduction of an ordinance to provide a 60-day wage increase of $5 an hour to workers at large grocery and drug stores. If the council adopts the ordinance during its May 18 meeting, it would go into effect starting June 18 — three days after Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to fully reopen the state’s economy.

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