2 results for tag: COIVD-19


Advocates want Northam to expand minimum wage bill, others say recession demands delay

By Ned Oliver April 1, 2020 Gov. Ralph Northam is facing dueling pressure campaigns to amend marquee legislation passed by the General Assembly last month raising the minimum wage to $12 an hour over three years. On one side, farmworkers are pushing for Northam to strike language allowing agricultural operations to continue to pay them $7.25 an hour, an exemption they say is rooted in Jim Crow-era racial animus. On the other side, business groups, Republican leaders and the Virginia Municipal League, which represents all 38 cities in the state, are asking Northam to delay the legislation altogether, arguing the sudden economic downturn ...

Grocers Are Offering Coronavirus Hazard Pay. If Most Farms and Slaughterhouses Don’t, a Far Bigger Problem Lurks

By Chloe Savino March 31, 2020 When a New Jersey man deliberately coughed on a Wegman’s worker last week, no one questioned why grocery store workers should get extra pay for the risks they are taking by showing up for shifts during the coronavirus pandemic. Further up the food chain, factory workers and farm hands aren’t seeing the same level of support and alarm bells are starting to ring. “We’re not getting nothing — no type of compensation, not even no cleanliness, no extra pay,” a worker at a Perdue chicken plant told a local CBS affiliate in Georgia after joining almost 50 employees who walked off the job last Monday. ...