We had previously reported that the state of California had passed measures to increase the state’s minimum wage. In a two increments, the minimum will raise from $8/hr to $10/hr by the year 2016. Now members of the Los Angeles Hotel labor movement are rallying to have their industry’s base pay to be set at a “livable wage.” To members, $15/hr should be the base rate that hotel workers operating in facilities with 100 or more rooms should be receiving as pay. The measure is supported by City Council members Mike Bonin and Nury Martinez.
Studies assert that this increase in wage could be an economic stimulus for the city. Workers could afford to spend more as they earn more and therefore build revenue for Los Angeles. A similar measure took place in 1999 for LAX, setting minimum wage for workers at $8.50/hr.