Trader Joe’s responds to Seattle pay hike mandate by raising pay, temporarily, nationwide

SEATTLE — Trader Joe’s has responded to the Seattle City Council’s recently passed mandate for large grocery stores within the city to raise pay by $4 for their front-line employees. The grocer known for its quirky culture and unique offerings is raising pay for all its employees nationwide, albeit only temporarily. “Effective February 1, 2021, the ‘thank you’ premium for all hourly, nonmanagement Crew Members, was increased by two dollars, for a total of $4 an hour,” Trader Joe’s wrote in an update on its website. The post doesn’t mention Seattle, or the city’s new mandate requiring $4-an-hou…

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