Fast-food workers and their supporters will stage rallies in Los Angeles and across the country Thursday in a continuing campaign for a $15 hour wage and the right to unionize.
The City Council continues to explore the idea of raising the minimum wage in Los Angeles.
Four City Council members Tuesday introduced a plan to raise the citywide minimum wage to $13.25 an hour.
The Los Angeles City Council approved an ordinance Wednesday that will raise the minimum wage for thousands of hotel workers in the city to $15.37 an hour.
Thousands of hotel employees in Los Angeles will learn Wednesday whether or not they will receive an increase in wages, as the City Council considers a law that would require big hotels to pay all workers a minimum of $15.37 per hour.
Supporters of a ballot initiative asking voters to raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $15 an hour were given the green light Wednesday to begin collecting signatures.
Police said 10 protestors were arrested Thursday during a march downtown for higher wages.
After Mayor Eric Garcetti announced his hopes of increasing LA’s minimum wage over the next three years, the plan was met with large amounts of both support and opposition.
Mayor Eric Garcetti Monday is expected to announce his proposal to raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $13.25 by 2017.
Mayor Garcetti has reportedly told local business leaders that he wants to see the minimum wage increased over the next three years, and could make an official announcement by Labor Day.
California’s minimum wage increased to $9 an hour on Tuesday, which provided workers with the first such increase since 2008.
Members of the council’s Economic Development Committee are suggesting an increase from the state’s minimum wage of $8 to $15.37 be implemented for workers at hotels with at least 300 rooms by July 1, 2015.
The bill’s author, Democratic Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco, says it’s needed to help lift low-wage earners out of poverty.
An attempt to persuade California voters this year to approve a $12-an-hour minimum wage, which would be the highest among states, stalled Monday after its chief supporter announced he was struggling to qualify the proposal for the ballot.
Democrats across the nation are eager to make increasing the minimum wage a defining campaign issue in 2014, but in California a proposal to boost the pay rate to $12 an hour is coming from a different point on the political compass.