It has finally been done. After months of review, debate, and research, the Los Angeles City Council has officially backed a plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by the year 2020, superseding the state’s anticipated hike of $10 per hour. Los Angeles has become the largest city in the country to pass such a significant hike.
Though the ordinance for the wage hike will be put to a final vote next month, Mayor Eric Garcetti has promised to sign a $10.50 per hour hike, the first boost, that will take effect next July. Businesses with less than 25 employees will see a year delay in the annual increases. Low wage workers and activities are thrilled at the victory. Juan Moran, a cook, expressed to the council that on some days he can’t afford to take the bus to and from work, so he has to walk to get to his apartment, usually half an hour. At $9 per hour, Moran would often work 12 hours shifts to be able to afford rent.
Not all are thrilled, however. Business groups expressed various concerns and discomforts with the new hike. Some say that employers will have to lay off works or leave the city for a cheaper labor force. Councilman Mitchell Englander, the only Republican on the council and the only one who voted against the hike proposal, asserted that these labor increases would, “make it impossible to do business in Los Angeles.
Any concern of paid days off was removed from the wage proposal and placed in a separate investigation to be decided at a later date.
Source: LA Times
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