August 23, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A new survey of grocery workers in California finds that one in three is receiving some type of public assistance while one in five rations the food he or she helps sell.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that University of California researchers interviewed 925 people for the study that represents one of the largest surveys ever done of the state's grocery industry workforce of 383,900.
The study, set to be published on Monday, was commissioned by a labor union, the United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council.
It found that the median wage at unionized stores fell from $19.38 in 2000 to $15.17 an hour in 2012.
The report's authors say the trend, along with low wages at non-union chains, has undermined the industry's standing as a source of stable, middle-class jobs.