Lexington Co-op increases starting wages for employees

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Lexington Co-op announced a wage hike in advance of the opening of its second store.

The starting hourly wage for staff at the Co-op has been raised to $11.24 per hour as of November 15, 2015.

The Elmwood Avenue grocery store is community owned and features “fresh, local, seasonal and organic foods.”

“We’ve been inspired by the work of the Coalition for Economic Justice with the Livable Wage certification and the Fight for $15,” said Tim Bartlett, General Manager of the Lexington Co-op. “As a community-owned business, we’re working to get better at balancing the needs of our customers, our staff and our producers. Increasing our starting pay to $11.24 is the first step.”

The Lexington Co-op says the new starting wage could help bring in more employees as they get ready to open their second store.

Their new store will be located on Hertel Avenue. The Lexington Co-op’s first store opened in July of 2005.

“The Co-op is the first place I worked in America and it feels like family,” said Co-op employee Nabintu Namwira. “The new wage scale shows how far the Co-op has come. From Lexington Avenue to Elmwood and now a bigger second store and higher wages for workers. I am so happy to work here and do my best to help the Co-op grow every day. Thank you to the Board and managers for all the work they did to raise wages. Everyone should be so happy!”

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