Last week, Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick California Sen. Kamala Harris joined with United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) President Marc Perrone to attack grocery retail stores across the country, demanding they reinstate hazard pay for all employees on the frontline – with no regard to the significant economic ramifications that come with such a sweeping financial commitment.
Some brief background is in order to fully understand the unjust nature of these unrealistic demands. In late March, as the scope of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. became alarmingly clear, many major U.S. retailers announced temporary pay bonuses for their frontline employees. They are now learning that no good deed goes unpunished.
You can read the entire editorial at the Hill’s Congress Blog. Special thanks to Liam Sigaud, who researched this topic for the American Consumer Institute.