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Proposed pay increase for hotel workers could surpass mayor’s minimum wage wishes




LA City Council members Mike Bonin, center, Nury Martinez, left, and Current Price propose a higher minimum wage for hotel workers.
LA City Council members Mike Bonin, center, Nury Martinez, left, and Current Price propose a higher minimum wage for hotel workers.
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Hotel employees in Los Angeles could be looking at a raise if city lawmakers approve a vote Wednesday that would boost wages to $15.37 per hour.

The raise is receiving support from labor groups, which say that more cash would pull more families out of poverty and boost the local economy. The increase would also be higher than Mayor Eric Garcetti’s proposed citywide minimum wage hike of $13.25 by 2017.

Critics of the higher wages say that the bill is discriminatory. They want to see a citywide minimum wage in place rather than isolate the hotel industry – which often asks employees to perform duties similar to those of other industries. Raising salaries only for hotel restaurant workers, for instance, wouldn’t be fair to restaurant workers that do not work in hotels, according to critics.

Do you feel that the increased wages puts other workers at a disadvantage? Do the benefits of higher pay for some outweigh critics’ concerns?

Guests:

Stewart Waldman, president of VICA, Valley Industry and Commerce Association

James Elmendorf, Policy Director for LAANE, Los Angeles Alliance For A New Economy