Kroger, the largest grocery chain in the United States, is closing two stores in Seattle, Washington due to the city’s mandated hazard pay for workers.
Seattle recently joined several other West Coast cities in passing hazard-pay laws that require grocery stores to pay workers an extra $4 an hour, even though there hasn’t been any indication that the coronavirus has swept through grocery stores despite remaining open throughout the pandemic. CNN reported that Seattle’s hazard pay law relates to grocery stores over 85,000 square feet, which are required to pay workers the additional sum per hour.
The two stores being closed are part of Kroger’s QFC brand, which the company said will close in April.
“Unfortunately, Seattle City Council didn’t consider that grocery stores — even in a pandemic — operate on razor-thin profit margins in a very competitive landscape,” QFC said in a press release this week. A spokesperson for the grocery chain told Business Journal that the
This content is courtesy of, and owned and copyrighted by, https://dailytruthreport.com and its author. This content is made available by use of the public RSS feed offered by the host site and is used for educational purposes only. If you are the author or represent the host site and would like this content removed now and in the future, please contact USSANews.com using the email address in the Contact page found in the website menu.