Coronavirus pandemic: LA considers 'hero pay' for grocery store workers

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Amid the worsening coronavirus pandemic, some grocery store employees in the city of Los Angeles may soon receive "hero pay" once again.

City Council members introduced the renewed plan during a meeting on Wednesday.

The proposal would require stores with 300 or more employees to pay their personnel additional $5 an hour.

The plan comes after Long Beach passed a resolution on Tuesday that could provide grocery workers with an extra $4 an hour in hazard pay.

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Los Angeles County's Department of Public Health reported 138 additional coronavirus fatalities Wednesday, although seven of those had been announced Tuesday by health officials in Long Beach.

The new deaths, the highest single-day number ever reported, lifted the countywide cumulative total to 8,568. Long Beach health officials announced four additional deaths Wednesday evening, raising the overall total to 8,572.

City News Service contributed to this report.
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