Success! L.A. Votes to Raise Minimum Wage to $15

The Los Angeles City Council approved a minimum wage hike to $15 per hour by 2020 in a preliminary vote that found only one of fifteen members dissenting.

Los Angeles currently has a $9 per hour minimum wage. The new measure raising the wage to $15 must return to the council for final approval.

Care2 teamed with LA Raise the Wage to petition the city council for a minimum wage increase, gathering thousands of signatures for the members’ consideration.

Like other cities who have implemented recent wage increases, the process will take place in increments over the defined period of years. According to Reuters, City Councilman Curren Price Jr. prefaced the preliminary vote by saying, “We are embarking upon, I think, the most progressive minimum wage policy anywhere in the country.”

ThinkProgress highlights that Los Angeles is the largest city in the country to move toward a $15 minimum wage. Seattle and San Francisco are the other largest regions to adopt that wage level. The highest new wage in the country is held by Emeryville in California, where minimum earners will be making nearly $16 an hour by 2019.

News of the Los Angeles wage hike comes alongside congressional Democrats’ new bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2020. The current federal minimum wage is only $7.25 per hour, an amount that couldn’t realistically support a single individual in many U.S. localities.

Naturally, many Republican critics of minimum wage increases cite fears of layoffs in their resistance to raising workers’ pay. But the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) data actually shows that raising the minimum wage just to $10.10 has a projected positive impact on 95 percent of workers and results in $2 billion of real income growth.

Los Angeles is positioning itself as a national leader in the fight for increased worker wages.

Will New York City step up next?


charles barnard
charles barnard3 years ago

This is a 'win' the same way an army in retreat, temporarily manages to hold and enemy advance, is a win.

This puts the minimum wage slightly under parity in purchasing power with the minimum wage fixed 17 years ago. It provides to advance from that wage (i.e. purchasing power is static or slightly declined from then.

But it just resets the pointer in a game which is then set to ignore the economic inflation of the future, ensuring that purchasing power will continue to decline, and that legislative bodies can and will ignore raising the wage to compensate.

It also provide no compensation for 17 years of UNDERPAYMENT.

Minimum wage, overtime pay, poverty level, cost of living etc. MUST be redefined in terms of a formula which will automatically adjust them as conditions change. As the surplus of workers increases, minimum wage needs to rise, the work week needs to drop, overtime limits must be created/enforced.

History shows that these things almost certainly will not happen so long as legislators have to act to make them change.

Winning the $15/hr minimum wage fight, is only a holding action, unless it is followed by a rational replacement of the current "the legislature fixes the number" system, we will again be underpaying our minimum wage workforce (and the rest!) into the future.

Jim Ven
Jim Ven3 years ago

thanks for the article.

Sherry Kohn
Sherry K3 years ago


Eric Lees
Eric Lees3 years ago

Be careful what you want the government to force on we the people. You may just get what you asked for:

"Dear Striking Fast-Food Workers: Meet The Machine That Just Put You Out Of A Job"

Dimitris Dallis
Past Member 3 years ago

A lot of success in care2 :)

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Eric Lees
Eric Lees3 years ago

We should be going after the FED rather than raising the minimum wage.

"As we showed recently, a look at the minimum wage vividly illustrates the impact of currency debasement. In 1964, the minimum wage stood at $1.25. That’s five silver quarters. Today, the melt value of those five silver quarters stands close to $15 – the minimum wage so many are clamoring for."

"Under the original Coinage Act of 1792, drafted by Alexander Hamilton, the penalty for debasing a coin was death.

Under that law, President Lyndon B. Johnson was guilty of a capital offense.

Fifty years ago today, Johnson signed the Coinage Act of 1965, setting into motion five decades of currency debasement that continues today. "

Ben Oscarsito
Ben O4 years ago

What if a million members would Care2 make a difference...???

Cynthia Brickner
Cindy Brickner4 years ago

Thank you, L.A. City Council! You will never regret raising the minimum wage to $15. Your local area will flourish, and your citizens and neighbors will benefit greatly!

Nancy Wrightington

working wage , anyone?