Thursday, April 22, 2021
City Hall The Agenda The Agenda: Hazard pay for grocery workers ...

The Agenda: Hazard pay for grocery workers …

... a hearing on Malik Washington's free speech and a rally to save City College: That's The Agenda for March 8-14


The Board of Supes will consider Tuesday a measure that would require big supermarkets to pay their workers an additional $5 an hour during the pandemic.

The big chain grocers, not surprisingly, are against this, and have already filed suit against a similar measure in Oakland.

Sup. Shamann Walton wants grocery workers to have hazard pay.

Unless they get some sort of quick injunction, though, the laws will go into effect, and by the time the suits work their way through the court system, the pandemic – we all hope – will have eased.

The meeting starts at 2pm, and the item, which needs to be heard as a Committee of the Whole, will start around 3.

Federal Judge John S. Tigar will hear Wednesday/10 a request for an injunction blocking the private Geo Group and the Federal Bureau of Prisons from disciplining Keith Malik Washington for making public a COVID outbreak at a halfway house in the Tenderloin.

Washington, who is the new editor of the San Francisco Bay View, let the news media know that the secretive private prison that calls itself a halfway house had cases of the virus – alarming for a facility where the residents live in such close quarters.

For that, he had his cell phone confiscated – and Geo Group officials are trying to block him from going to work and want to extend his sentence – maybe even send him back to prison.

So far, Judge Tigar has blocked that from happening, pending this week’s hearing.

There’s a lot at stake here: The immediate future of Washington – and the Bay View, where he is badly needed, since both owners, Willie and Marie Ratcliff, are in their 80s and can’t keep running the paper. A private prison in the city that some say has been unsafe for a long time. Freedom of the press and freedom of expression for residents of a halfway house.

The hearing will be remote, and on Zoom, but like most federal court hearings, it’s open to the public. It starts at 9:30 and you can access it here.

Management at SF City College is handing out pink slips to hundreds of full-time faculty. This, the faculty union says, is “unprecedented and will undermine City College of San Francisco’s essential mission: to provide an accessible and quality education to all San Franciscans, especially those most at risk.”

Labor and education leaders are holding a rally Friday/12 at noon on the steps of City Hall and a virtual forum for those who can’t attend in person. You can access the virtual forum here. (RSVP here.)

Tim Redmond
Tim Redmond has been a political and investigative reporter in San Francisco for more than 30 years. He spent much of that time as executive editor of the Bay Guardian. He is the founder of 48hills.


  1. I take it that the hazard pay idea went down in flames, since Tim has not reported the outcome of the vote.

  2. A little late for this, now that things are opening up. 25 (unofficial) cases per day in SF the last I looked.
    Get these workers vaccinated. End of story.

  3. If the city wants grocery workers to get an extra $5 an hour, then the city should fund that. If passed as is then some grocery stores will choose to close down for a while, which helps nobody.

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