Trader Joe's again increases workers' 'thank you' pay amid coronavirus pandemic

Trader Joe's has increased its so-called "thank you" pay for workers again, according to the grocery chain.

Since the start of the pandemic, the company has been paying hourly workers an additional $2 an hour in "thank you" pay. That amount has now been raised to a total of an extra $4 dollars an hour.

The newest raise took effect on Monday.

Trader Joe's says workers have also been offered more ways to qualify for health insurance.

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"We want Crew Members to have the opportunity to take extended time off without repercussions to their benefits," the company said in a statement.

The announcement came on the same day that the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to move forward with a proposed emergency ordinance that would require large grocery and pharmacy retailers to offer employees an additional $5 per hour in hazard pay amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, the grocery company Kroger on Monday said it will be shuttering two of its stores in Long Beach -- a Ralphs location and a Food 4 Less store -- in response to a city ordinance requiring a $4 "hero pay" salary boost for some workers.
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