Next summer, the city's minimum wage will rise to $10.50 per hour, and it will reach $15 in 2020. Some workers say it'll lift them up. Others worry they'll be laid off.
This was the council's second vote and all but assures the new ordinance will become law. Because the vote was not unanimous, a final procedural vote will come next week.
The L.A. City Council's vote to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020 could reduce reliance on social safety net institutions, a UC Berkeley study finds.
Federal labor laws may trump the city's wage ordinance. Council members say it needs to be studied. In the meantime, they've approved the final hike ordinance.
Irvine voted Tuesday to repeal its living wage ordinance, which determines how much contracted business should pay employees in Orange County.
Helping poor families by raising the minimum wage may disqualify some from subsidized child care while child care providers say their businesses will be squeezed.
"I would expect that we would consider a rate that’s higher than Los Angeles has considered,” West Hollywood mayor Lindsey P Horvath said.