City Council Approves Minimum Wage Raise


Looks like L.A.’s 500,000 minimum wage workers are about to get a raise. The City Council voted 14-1 on Tuesday to up those workers’ salaries to $15 an hour over the next five years. The Economic Development Committee approved the proposal unanimously earlier this month.

Here’s how the wage hike will work: Salary increases will go into effect each July beginning next year, when pay for workers at companies with more than 25 employees will be bumped from $9 to $10.50 per hour. Workers will be paid $12 per hour in 2017, $13.25 per hour in 2018, $14.25 per hour in 2019, and, finally, $15 per hour in 2020. Smaller businesses will have an extra year to implement changes.

What happens next? The City Attorney’s office will draft an ordinance to take to the City Council for a final vote. If the council approves the ordinance, Mayor Garcetti will sign the wage increase into law.