City Council to Consider 'Hero Pay' Mandate for Local Hospital Workers


Hospital workers in Culver City may get receive a temporary $5 hourly pay increase next month.

The City Council will consider at its upcoming meeting next Monday a "hero pay" mandate for clinicians, nurses, aides, technicians, janitorial and housekeeping staff, security guards, food services workers, laundry workers, pharmacists, and non-managerial administrative staff at Southern California Hospital in Culver City.

The proposed ordinance states hospital workers shall be entitled to $5 per hour in premium hazard pay for providing essential services during the pandemic and engaging in essential activities to mitigate the spread and the effects of COVID-19. It will take effect 30 days after passage.

The proposal also mentioned that over 10,000 hospital workers in Los Angeles County have been infected with COVID-19 as of April 30.

Last month, the Council approved an ordinance that mandated a $5 hourly "hero pay" for 120 days for national grocery store or retail drug companies and retail companies that have at least 300 employees nationwide and more than 10 employees per store site. The ordinance takes effect later this month.

With the new law, Culver City joins many cities across California that have adopted "hero pay" mandates for frontline grocery or drug retail workers who, as essential workers, were required to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Those cities include West Hollywood, Los Angeles, Oakland, Irvine, Berkeley, Irvine, Montebello and Long Beach.


Reader Comments(1)

EmptyActions writes:

Nothing wrong with cities taking action to reward those who have worked tirelessly over the last 14 months. It's clearly much easier when it's not your money that is being spent. It's too bad these cities aren't putting money where there mouths are by using their own $$ to reward the hospital staff, or providing the same hero pay (actual cash) to their own essential workers, or offering up financial assistance to those who have been victims of the pandemic and lost their jobs...


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