May 21 2015

Los Angeles Becomes Largest US City to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hr

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GUEST: Laphonza Butler, Co-Convener of the Raise the Wage Coalition and President of SEIU-ULTCW and SEIU California.

Los Angeles recently became the largest US city to adopt a plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The LA City Council voted 14-1 to raise the current base wage of $9 an hour to $15 by the year 2020. The increase will be phased in over a 5-year period, allowing businesses with fewer than 25 workers an extra year to catch up.

The decision could impact up to 800,000 workers in the Los Angeles area. LA now joins Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle among a growing list of cities upping the minimum wage to what low-wage workers in a number of industries are demanding. LA’s move will likely reverberate around the nation where the call for $15 an hour is becoming “the new norm.”

Meanwhile as McDonald’s corporation is holding its two-day share-holder meeting on May 20th and 21st, 5,000 workers and their supporters showed up to rally at the corporation’s headquarters in Illinois. McDonald’s banned media from attending the meeting.

To learn more about this issue visit laraisethewage.org and ultcw.org/union-leadership.

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