Grocery Stores And Coffee Chains Gave Workers Hazard Pay. Now They’re Taking It Back.


As coronavirus cases soared and state and local governments issued stay at home orders, grocery workers navigating wraparound lines and panicked customers grew anxious about exposure to the virus.

Companies resorted to offering essential workers financial incentives in an effort to keep operations running. Major chains including Target, Walmart, CVS, Whole Foods, Costco, Sprouts and Kroger offered bonuses or temporary raises to employees.

Starbucks shuttered thousands of stores and offered all employees a month of paid leave. Those that stayed on to work the drive-throughs that remained open received a $3-an-hour raise.

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