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CRA’s VP of Government and Regulatory Affairs Steve McCarthy Responds to Santa Ana and Costa Mesa Mandating Hazard Pay for Grocery Clerks

Critics, like the California Grocers Association, say it unfairly singles out grocery stores while leaving out other businesses who employ essential workers. 

Others say the wage increases will raise prices in stores. 

“A mandated pay increase beyond what retail employers can tolerate without raising prices or cutting workforce hours will hurt both consumers and our hardworking employees,” wrote California Retailers Association Vice President Steve McCarthy, in a previous letter to the Santa Ana City Council.

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