City Leaders Move to Draft Living Wage Ordinance for Hotel Workers

City Officials Move to Draft Living Wage Ordinance for Hotel Workers

The City’s Economic Development Committee Launches the Drafting of the Ordinance, which would raise wages at large hotels in the City impacting thousands of working residents and protecting businesses facing financial hardship

 LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Economic Development Committee approved the drafting of a Living Wage Ordinance for Hotel Workers Tuesday that would phase-in a wage of $15.37 at large hotels in Los Angeles.

City Councilmembers Curren D. Price Jr., Nury Martinez and Mike Bonin co-introduced a motion earlier this year that launched an effort to set a living wage at hotels in Los Angeles. Despite the economic recession, the hotel industry in Los Angeles has maintained record high occupancy rates and revenues per room available. Still, 43% of hotel workers in Los Angeles County earn wages that place them below the federal poverty line, according to the Economic Development Department.

On Tuesday, the Economic Development Committee approved a request to have the City Attorney begin drafting an ordinance that would phase in the proposed minimum wage increase at large hotels over the next three years, which would also provide relief to hotel owners facing financial hardship.

“Los Angeles has always been a progressive leader, setting an example for the state and the nation. It is time that we begin to address the “barbell economy” that we have seen grow so rapidly in our city and that has so many negative impacts on our community at-large,” said Councilman Curren D. Price Jr. “As our city continues to work towards increasing the quality of life for all residents, today’s action is a logical step in the right direction.”

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