Led by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, the Raise The Wage coalition is spearheading the movement to increase the prosperity and health of working families in Los Angeles County. LAANE is a leading member of the coalition, and together we have established a pathway to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in Los Angeles County, the City of Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Pasadena, lifting up nearly one million workers in the process.
Los Angeles is one of the wealthiest regions in the nation, however our $700 billion economy depends on poverty jobs and exploited labor. As a result, millions of workers with full-time jobs are unable to afford sky-high rents and the basic necessities of life needed to raise a family.
This is why Raise the Wage is fighting for the core American value of an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay.
Fortunately, we’ve won.
In 2015, we saw the historic Los Angeles Minimum Wage Increase in the City and County of Los Angeles, both of which raised their minimum wage to $15 by 2020. In 2016, other neighboring cities voted to establish a pathway for a $15 minimum wage in Santa Monica, and Pasadena. Also in 2016, the state of California followed suit when Governor Brown signed legislation raising California’s mandatory minimum to $15 an hour by 2022.
Raising the minimum wage was our first step. We are now working to ensure that the new wages are properly enforced by making sure workers are properly informed about increased wages, and establishing and fully funding local enforcement agencies.
We are also working with diverse coalitions throughout Los Angeles to combat wage theft, which is an issue that undermines workers, businesses, and the overall viability of our regional economy.
Additionally, we are pushing for paid sick days and family leave policies to improve the lives of working families.