Tomorrow, Seattle’s new city-mandated hazard pay of $ 4 an hour for grocery workers goes into effect. The most talked-about story about WSB last week was a letter of objection from Seattle’s new CEO PCC. Now another chain has taken action – Trader Joe’s continued to pay $ 2 an hour for what it calls a “thank you” payment, doubling that chain-wide to $ 4 an hour as of yesterday. In the meantime, other cities are pursuing or have taken similar measures. Los Angeles took an important step today to require an additional $ 5 an hour salary for grocery and drug store workers. Nearby Long Beach approved $ 4 an hour for food and megachain payments two weeks ago Kroger – what owns QFC and Fred Meyer in our region – closed two “below average” stores there and accused the mandate.