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Wags Wage Wage Wars February 3, 2021

Posted by geoff in News.

When you base your humanitarianism on the use of other people’s money, bad things inevitably happen:

Kroger, the parent company of Ralphs and Food 4 Less, will soon shut down two of its stores in Long Beach in response to the city imposing a “hero pay” increase of $4 per hour for some grocery store workers.

The Ralphs at 3380 N. Los Coyotes Diagonal and the Food 4 Less at 2185 E. South St. are slated to close on April 17, the company said Monday. . . .

“This is truly unfortunate for the Long Beach community, its grocery workers and consumers, but not surprising given the magnitude of the Council’s actions,” Ron Fong, the group’s [California Grocer’s Association] president and CEO, said in the statement Monday. “We repeatedly warned that a $4/hour increase would have major unintended consequences – including potential store closures, the reduction of work for employees, and higher grocery costs for customers.”

Cue equally inevitable whining about food deserts and corporate insensitivity to displaced workers’ sufferings. Despite the warnings, and despite the fact that Kroger had already bumped up worker pay by $2/hr to compensate for working during the COVID-19 crisis.

It’s comforting to know that this is Joe Biden’s plan for the entire country via his $15/hr minimum wage.


1. Mr. Matamoros - February 5, 2021

On the neighborhood comment web site, half the people are blaming the evil, money-grubbing CEOs (they make too much money compared to the brave workers!), half blame the corrupt politicians in City Hall (they want to drive out business and build high-density housing on that land for more taxpayer dollars) and the other half blame Trump for all this mess. Me? I’ll take corrupt politicians for $200, please.

2. osoloco11 - February 15, 2021

We have been bonusing like crazy. Our base pay went up to $15 an hour. I’m the Sign worker. Our prices have been going up every day since 1/20. 50-70 items a day. Gas at the pump is over $2 a gallon.

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