In the hospitality industry, the recession is over and business is booming. But hospitality is also the largest low-wage industry in Los Angeles, and 40 percent of its workers live in poverty. They have to work two jobs and depend on some form of public assistance just to get by.
As a solution, hundreds of community organizations, small businesses, and residents have said YES to Raise LA. Raise LA proposes that the Los Angeles City Council pass and implement a fifteen-dollar minimum starting wage for hotel workers with annual cost of living adjustments, tip protection, and five paid sick days each year.
Establishing a minimum wage for workers in large hotels will directly address the problem of growing poverty in the city of Los Angeles, and stimulate the local economy by an estimated $71 million per year.
Advocates also say that the full recovery of the city’s lodging industry, hotel revenues at an all-time high, and the scheduled addition of thousands of new hotel rooms to the city offer an important opportunity to invest in higher workplace standards that will improve life for thousands of working families in Los Angeles.
Residents, workers, and businesses from communities across Los Angeles are united in the Raise LA Coalition to ensure that some of the city’s largest and most profitable businesses support the communities where they operate. They know when L.A.’s biggest low wage industry pays better, the city’s neighborhoods do better.