L.A.’s Garcetti raises citywide minimum wage to $15 an hour
With the stroke of a pen, Los Angeles became the largest U. S. city to adopt a $15 an hour minimum wage. David Zahniser reports for the Los Angeles Times that Mayor Eric Garcetti — who signed the increase into law — says it will lift 600,000 Angelenos out of poverty. The wage hike would be phased in over five years.
“When someone works hard, they should be able to support themselves,” the mayor said at the signing ceremony, according to the Times. The rise would help the city’s poor pay their rent, care for their children and grow their savings, the mayor added.
The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. California already has a higher rate of $9 an hour.
In Los Angeles, that rate will climb in 2018 to $13.25 an hour for businesses with 26 or more employees. Businesses with 25 or fewer employees will adopt the $13.25 an hour rate in 2019.
In 2020, the $15 rate will apply to businesses with 26 or more employees; in 2021, it will cover all employers citywide. Santa Monica and West Hollywood are the among the Southern California cities that may follow L. A.’s lead, Zahniser notes.