Seattle Covid-19 Hazard Pay Law Survives Grocer Group Challenge

March 19, 2021, 1:52 PM

A Seattle ordinance to provide hazard pay to grocery workers during the pandemic will take effect and a pending a legal challenge filed by industry groups will be dismissed, a federal judge in Washington state ruled Thursday.

The Northwest Grocery Association and the Washington Food Industry Association had sought an emergency order blocking the ordinance, arguing that the boost in pay could harm grocery stores’ businesses.

Judge John C. Coughenour of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington said the Seattle law doesn’t interfere with collective bargaining agreements, as the groups claimed, and that the ordinance fairly ...

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