Jan 31 2007

The Stuggle for a Living Wage Ordinance

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GUEST: James Elmendorf, Senior Policy Analyst, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, LAANE

Los Angeles City Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will hold a press conference later on this morning to make a major announcement on a living wage ordinance for LAX area hotel workers. The Los Angeles City Council was to decide by today whether or not to place a measure that would overturn a living wage ordinance for LAX area hotel workers on a special election ballot in May. The ordinance in question requires that hotels near the Los Angeles International Airport pay workers a minimum of $9.39 an hour or $10.64 with health benefits. Hotel owners have sought to overturn the living wage ordinance, most recently through a coalition named, “Save LA Jobs,” through gathering signatures for a ballot referendum. Meanwhile, according to a new poll, likely Los Angeles voters would overwhelmingly support the living wage law if it were to be placed on the ballot. Conducted by Working Californians, a strategic research and advocacy group, the poll shows that 74% of likely LA voters, across a broad spectrum, would pass the law as opposed to 23% who would not. If a special election were to be held in May of this year, the cost to Los Angeles taxpayers would be at least three million dollars.

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