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Stater Bros. reinstates wage hike

Stater Bros. has reinstated its $2-an-hour wage increase for all of its hourly employees.

The pay hike will be in place for three weeks starting with the work periods that began Sunday and Monday, according to a statement.

It applies to workers in stores, distribution, transportation, corporate offices, and construction.

Last spring, the San Bernardino-based instituted an identical raise, which it extended several times, in response to COVID-19. The statement mentions the “challenging times” company employees are facing, especially the “upcoming holidays,” but makes no reference to the pandemic or its recent resurgence.

“Throughout this challenging year, our Stater Bros. Family has remained committed to serving the needs of our Southern California communities,” said Stater Bros. Chief Executive Officer Pete Van Helden in the statement.  “I continue to be proud of our employees who display their extraordinary dedication every single day and this wage incentive is but a small token of our company’s appreciation of their efforts.”

Stater Bros. is the largest private employer based in the Inland Empire. Its stores are operating from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, their regular schedule, according to the statement.

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