Raise LA: How Good Hotel Jobs Will Boost Local Businesses, Strengthen Neighborhoods and Renew Our Economy
According to the US Census Bureau, 20.2 percent of Los Angeles’s total population lives below the federal poverty level, and nearly a third of the city’s children live in poverty. According to these data, the poverty rate for families living in some of Los Angeles’s poorest communities is as high as 56 percent.
Poverty jobs in LA’s hotels are exacerbating the problem of poverty throughout the city. Workplace standards for tens of thousands of LA’s hotel workers remain among the lowest of the city’s major employment sectors. Hotel workers are a key piece of LA’s highly successful tourism industry, but maintaining standards for workers has been largely ignored as hotel operators have focused intensely on boosting their bottom lines by increasing
Hotel operators, lodging industry experts, and business owners across Los Angeles are celebrating the city’s tourism industry and its full recovery following the height of the recession. The
current boom for LA tourism and the potential for growth in the hotel industry over the next decade are welcome news for Los Angeles’s economy. Business and leisure travelers are coming to Los Angeles in droves, and hotels are seeing occupancy levels and revenues reach historic levels.
LA’s tourism boom also provides city decision- makers with a unique opportunity to directly confront the deepening problem of poverty in Los Angeles. Establishing a city-wide minimum wage ordinance for hotel workers will serve to lift up our neighborhoods, improve the health and well-being of our city’s residents, and stimulate economic growth across LA.
The following describes how such an ordinance provides a mechanism and a model for rebuilding our city’s economy while strengthening our neighborhoods by addressing the crisis of poverty and the need for investment in good, middle class jobs in LA’s tourism industry.
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