Living Wages & Worker Protections
For decades, the federal minimum wage has lagged behind basic increases in the cost of living, making working people poorer even as they work harder. Living wage laws and other legislation advocated by LAANE and groups around the country have helped ensure higher wages for hundreds of thousands of workers while setting higher standards for government contractors and private businesses.
With City Council Vote, Thousands of LAX Workers Gain Access to Family Healthcare On September 9, 2009, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to make a long-overdue update to the city’s living wage ordinance. That update will provide access to quality family healthcare for thousands of private sector LAX …read more.
In 2007, the Los Angeles City Council passed a landmark law providing a living wage to 3,500 workers employed in hotels near LAX. The legislation is helping to transform L.A. County’s largest hotel market and nearby communities, which have suffered the impacts of poverty-wage jobs and inadequate health care. The …read more.
This policy, adopted in February 2007, applies the wage requirements of the Los Angeles Living Wage Ordinance to the 3,500 hotel workers in the 13 major hotels near LAX. The Worker Retention component of the policy requires that, when a hotel changes ownership, the existing work force may not be …read more.
Enacted in 2005, this law requires city contractors in Santa Monica to pay a living wage to its employees. Passage of the legislation came three years after the city’s hotel industry spent more than $1 million to defeat a broader living wage ordinance. For a PDF of this policy, …read more.
LAANE worked with allies representing grocery workers to win passage in Los Angeles of an ordinance that requires purchasers of major supermarkets to retain the existing workforce for at least 90 days. This law, passed in 2005, provides protection for good jobs as stores with living wage pay scales are …read more.
After the attacks of 9/11, the hospitality industry faced a significant downturn, which in turn meant many workers were laid off. A few years later, the hotel industry saw some of its greatest gains in decades and hired many new workers. In Santa Monica, however, companies rehired long-term employees, thanks …read more.
Each year the City spends millions of dollars contracting for the delivery of products and services from private sector contractors. The prudent expenditure of public dollars requires that the City’s procurement process result in the selection of qualified and responsible contractors who have the capability to perform the contract. Further, …read more.
In 1997, Los Angeles became one of the first major cities to adopt a living wage law. Only a handful of cities, including Baltimore, had previously enacted living wage laws. Passage of the L.A. ordinance came after a fierce public battle that attracted national attention. Advocates argued that the city …read more.
Worker Retention Ordinances Worker retention laws ensure a stable workforce of experienced employees within their respective industries during the transitional period accompanying a change in ownership, control or operation of companies. These laws ensure the welfare of working families and the communities they serve by retaining experienced workers with knowledge …read more.
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