L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson Speaks to Historic Vote Increasing Local Minimum Wage and National Significance

L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson Speaks to Historic Vote Increasing Local Minimum Wage and National Significance

Los Angeles – In a historic feat, today the Los Angeles City Council voted to increase the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. Under the proposal small businesses and qualifying nonprofit organizations are permitted an extra year to phase in the wage increase. The ordinance also includes mechanisms that allow the City Council to monitor future impacts of the ordinance and make adjustments as necessary. The proposal is a product of a nine months of deliberations, several commissioned independent studies and dozens of hours of public testimony hosted at forums citywide.

City law requires ordinances to pass unanimously upon a first reading, and due to one lone vote cast in opposition, the ordinance will return to the City Council for a final vote Wednesday, June 10. An ordinance’s second reading requires only a majority vote and is therefore expected to pass.

“The winds in this country blow from west to east and today’s vote sends a signal across the nation that now is the time for bold action,” said L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson.

“Today we bring almost one million Angelenos out of poverty and over time the policy will infuse more money into the city spurring economic benefits for all.”