Los Angeles (L.A.), one of the United States’ major cities, voted this week that the minimum wage will increase six dollars over the next five years, from nine dollars to $15 per hour. A major win for labor groups and unions, the new wage increase was sparked by and continues to encourage other cities as well as states to do the same. Many protests have been held in major U.S. cities making it evident the working class demands higher wages.
Surveys and studies show that over half of Los Angeles’ working force makes less than $15 an hour, and therefore, this new wage increase will have a dramatic effect on the majority of the city. It is also expected that L.A.’s new plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour will encourage Southern California, and eventually, the rest of the state to do the same. Labor supporters even hope the plan will spread nationally.
The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 and will rise to nine dollars in the coming year. Los Angeles’ plan to raise the minimum wage from nine dollars to $15 over five years is the kick-off plan to many more similar wage changes to sweep across the nation.
By Audrey Madden
New York Times: Los Angeles Lifts Its Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour
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