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Auburn City Council Tables Hazard Pay, Approves Facilities Updates


The Auburn City Council met for their regularly scheduled council meeting on May 3, 2021. The meeting’s agenda included hazard pay for grocery store workers, the facilities master plan, and amending the lease between the city and sound transit.


Ordinance No. 6818 (pdf) which would create a $4 an hour pay increase for grocery store workers, was discussed.

Background Summary:

  • March 8, 2021, Council requested a Council-generated ordinance regarding hazard pay for grocery workers in Auburn;
  • March 15, 2021, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor formed the Ad Hoc Committee for Hazard Pay for Grocery Workers;
  • The Hazard Pay Ad Hoc Committee met two times and requested legal staff prepare Ordinance 6818 for Council’s consideration;
  • During the Council Study Session on April 26, 2021, Councilmember James Jeyaraj requested a staff presentation to include a racial equity analysis but that request was not supported by a majority of Council;
  • Four Councilmembers demonstrated consensus to move Ordinance 6818 forward for a vote on May 3.

The ordinance was tabled 6-1 to the May 17, 2021 council meeting. Councilmember Chris Stearns voted against tabling the ordinance vote. A motion to hear a presentation by the UFCW-21 and grocers at the May 10, 2021 council study session also passed with a 7-0 vote.

Also heard was Resolution 5595 (information, pdf), which was adopted unanimously 7-0 by the council. It authorizes the facilities master plan for the city. The city council also unanimously passed Resolution 5589 (information), which amends the lease agreement between the city and sound transit for a property located within the Auburn Sound Transit Parking Garage.

Claims and Payroll Vouchers for the city were discussed and a consent agenda was voted on 7-0 by the council.

Public Commentcouncil meeting on Ordinance 6817.


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