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.
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 provides access to quality family healthcare for thousands of private sector LAX airline service workers. …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. …read more.
This policy 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 protects workers from arbitrary firings due to union activity or other advocacy that might be opposed by hotel owners. …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. …read more.
LAANE worked with allies representing grocery workers to win passage of a 2005 Los Angeles ordinance that requires purchasers of major supermarkets to retain the existing workforce for at least 90 days. …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. …read more.
The Los Angeles Living Wage Ordinance applies not only to city contractors, but also to lessees such as airlines, concessionaires that operate on city land. The law covers thousands of low-wage workers at LAX, including janitors, airline service workers, retail clerks and food service workers. …read more.
The Worker Retention Ordinance was passed in response to the privatization of food services at LAX, where 1,000 unionized workers were threatened with replacement when non-union vendors took over the service. The Ordinance has helped preserve the jobs of more than 1,000 workers, and increased job security for thousands more. …read more.
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