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Supermarket hazard pay because of COVID-19 going away


September 4, 2020

Jerry Holt • Star Tribune

Linden Hills Coop in Minneapolis is still giving workers COVID-19 hazard pay.

Linden Hills Co-op, Eastside Food Co-op and Kowalski's Market are still adding $2 an hour hazard pay to their workers' wages for another month.

However, most of the temporary pay bumps put into effect as the coronavirus pandemic started to hit the U.S. have expired. Some retailers have permanently raised wages, but for the most part, as demand for grocery staples levels off, the hazard pay is going away as well.

"The hazard pay is an important acknowledgment from employers that employees are taking on additional health risks and workloads," said Matt Utecht, president of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 663.


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