UFCW Local 400 is working to pass a new law called the The Heroes Pay Act, which will provide a one-time payment to essential workers in DC.

The Heroes Pay Act will provide a one-time payment to tens of thousands of essential workers who risked their health and their lives by working during the pandemic. DC received billions in federal aid which could be used for all sorts of relief efforts, including hazard pay for essential workers.

The payments will be distributed through grants awarded to private employers in the District. The payment would come in two forms:

  • $500 for each eligible essential worker who performed at least 100 hours of essential work between March 1, 2020, and April 30, 2021, at a rate of $5 per hour worked;
  • $250 for each eligible worker who performed essential work for at least 50 hours after May 1, 2021, at a rate of $5 per hour worked.

Take 10 Minutes to Win Hero Pay

We need your help to fully fund Hero Pay! Right now, $5 million is allocated to fund the program, but we need $15 million more to make it a reality. The council needs to hear from you!

Please take ten minutes to make calls to councilmembers and ask them to support allocating additional funding to the Heroes Pay Act for essential workers.

Call ALL the at-large council members and the chair:

Anita Bonds At-Large (202) 724-8064
Christina Henderson At-Large (202) 724-8105
Robert C. White, Jr. At-Large (202) 724-8174
Phil Mendelson Chairman (202) 724-8032


AND your ward councilmember:

(Don’t know your ward? Look it up here.)

Brianne K. Nadeau Ward 1 (202) 724-8181
Brooke Pinto Ward 2 (202) 724-8058
Mary M. Cheh Ward 3 (202) 724-8062
Janeese Lewis George Ward 4 (202) 724-8052
Kenyan R. McDuffie Ward 5 (202) 724-8028
Charles Allen Ward 6 (202) 724-8072
Vincent C. Gray Ward 7 (202) 724-8068
Trayon White, Sr. Ward 8 (202) 724-8045