SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – San Francisco grocery stores and pharmacy workers could be at risk as early as next week.

The legislation introduced by Supervisor Shamann Walton provided for an additional $ 5 an hour and would benefit employees who earn less than $ 35 an hour.

If passed, this law would only apply to large chain stores and would also include janitorial and security companies whose employees work at these locations.

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Dean Preston, the city’s co-overseer, says he supports the legislation.

“People have been around for a long time and it hasn’t gotten any easier. Just the stress, you know Not to mention the risks to their physical health and safety, just the stress of dealing with the entire pandemic throughout the pandemic, even as it spikes. “

The proposed legislation targets businesses with more than 500 employees worldwide. And at least 20 in town.

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“I find it unfortunate that the government has to step in to get big employers to intervene with their employees, but this is an emergency ordinance. It would only last for a period of 60 days, ”Preston said.

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union says they fought for it across the country.

Their local chapters 5 and 648 represent food workers in San Francisco.

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In a statement to KRON4 News, director of strategic campaigns for Local 5, James Araby said:

“If the city of San Francisco passes, it will join the growing number of cities in California that are driving large retailers to do what they should voluntarily do and make these workers fair for the significant risks they take pay. Food workers are far more likely to get COVID in their workplace (2,000 UFCW members in the Bay Area are contracted. And instead of putting some of the profits these companies made in the pandemic back into their workers’ pockets, they are put the money in the pockets of shareholders and executives. “

If passed, San Francisco would join other cities in the Bay Area, including Oakland, Berkeley, San Leandro, and Santa Clara, which have issued similar ordinances.

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The city government’s audit oversight committee will hear the legislation on Thursday.

If it is approved there, it will be put to the vote on March 9th by the entire board.

As an Emergency Ordinance, a minimum of eight votes is required to pass and it would go into effect immediately.