On April 22, the Fresno City Council is considering an ordinance mandating $3 an hour in premium pay on top of regular wages for some grocery and retail employees — but not all frontline essential workers.
This plan for government-mandated premium pay is counterproductive for workers and hurts Fresno consumers and neighborhoods.
Destroys Jobs: 66,000 Californians could lose their jobs if these mandates are enacted statewide. With one of the highest unemployment rates in state, Fresno families can’t afford to play politics with jobs.
Increases the Cost of Living: Premium pay mandates will add about $400 to the cost of food and household supplies for the typical family of four.
Hurts Neighborhoods: This mandate can be the final blow to stores under financial strain — forcing many to close and creating voids for the communities that rely on them.
As Fresno makes significant strides in reducing Covid-19 cases and vaccinating residents, now is not the time to jeopardize economic recovery and put more families out of work by enacting a counterproductive premium pay mandate.
“This short-sighted government mandate is estimated to affect 65 stores in Fresno, putting hundreds of jobs at risk when families are already struggling just to get by.” ~ Scott Miller, President
Fresno Chamber of Commerce
“Latinos should be concerned… This plan will put further financial strain on all families, and particularly Latino families, by increasing grocery costs at a time we simply cannot afford it.” ~ Jesse Gonzalez, President
Si Se Puede for Fresno, Kern, Kings, and Tulare counties