Joe Rihn: Amid cheers from labor and community supporters, 12 of the 15 Los Angeles City Council members voted Wednesday in favor of an ordinance that will raise the minimum wage for workers in large hotels to $15.37 per hour.
Raising Hotel Workers' Pay
The hotel industry is booming but hotel jobs like housekeeper, cook, bellman, server, bartender, front desk agent, dishwasher, and others often pay at the poverty level further exacerbating poverty in metropolitan areas of high tourism and business travel. According to the US Census Bureau, 20.2 percent of Los Angeles’s total population lives below the federal poverty level. Raising hotel workers' pay can change these statistics. The Raise LA campaign is working to change that. Learn more by clicking the articles below.
Melissa Goodman: The ACLU supports the Raise LA campaign because basic economic rights are inextricably intertwined with civil rights and civil liberties. When Californians lack basic economic security – when they are unable to or must struggle to fulfill basic human needs – they cannot fully exercise their civil liberties and civil rights.