Los Angeles City Council’s Vote Approving Local Minimum Wage a Catalyst to National Movement

Los Angeles City Council’s Vote Approving Local Minimum Wage a Catalyst to National Movement

Los Angeles – In a final vote today the Los Angeles City Council approved an increase to the city’s minimum wage bringing the wage to $15 an hour by 2020. Under the adopted ordinance 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 plan is a product of a nine months of deliberations, several commissioned independent studies and dozens of hours of public testimony hosted at forums citywide. The ordinance will increase the city’s minimum wage to $10.50 per hour in July 2016 and stagger upwards each year until $15 an hour is reached in 2020 or 2021 for small businesses.

“We are already seeing the fruits of our labor as our own state and other cities nationwide begin exploring policies to increase their local minimum wage,” said L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson.

“Today is a historic day for Los Angeles, the City Council and the Mayor.”