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Seattle City Council seeks to require $4 per hour pandemic pay boost for grocery workers

A Trader Joe’s crew member disinfects shopping carts as customers line up, approximately six feet apart, outside the Ballard Trader Joe’s Monday morning, April 13, 2020.

Under a proposal by Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, grocery store owners would have to pay workers $4 an hour extra during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mosqueda cited the virus's continued growth and the slow rollout of the vaccine as reasons to mandate hazard pay nearly 11 months into the pandemic.

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