Los Angeles, California – The minimum wage in Los Angeles, which is based on the region’s Consumer Price Index, will rise from $15 to $16.04 per hour starting on July 1, according to Mayor Eric Garcetti.
As Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement, “We fought to raise the minimum wage because hard work should always be met with the dignity, respect, and opportunity that fair pay brings. Our decision to end poverty wages in L.A. caused a ripple effect across the nation, and this additional increase is the latest reason to celebrate today — and a reminder of how our fight for better wages is far from finished.”
When the city signed a wage rise in June 2015, it agreed to raise the hourly rate to $15 by 2020 and to raise it every year based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.
According to Garcetti’s office, a total of more than 600,000 residents are employed at the minimum wage, and they will get a pay raise starting on July 1.
“Everyday workers continue to face many challenges. The minimum wage rate increase is intended to help move us toward a better economy and ensure that employees can have their basic needs met. I commend the mayor and City Council for their efforts to combat income inequality and our Bureau of Contract Administration for protecting and promoting the health, safety and welfare of workers in Los Angeles,” Dr. Mike Davis, president pro tempore of the Board of Public Works Commission, said in a statement.
The Bureau of Contract Administration is in charge of making sure that the city of Los Angeles’ minimum wage guidelines are being followed.
Workers’ salaries should be adjusted annually to keep up with inflation, according to John L. Reamer Jr., director of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.