Los Angeles City Council Approves Hotel Worker Wage Increase
The Los Angeles City Council has approved a minimum wage hike for employees at large hotels, according to the Los Angeles Times. Starting in July 2015, hotels with at least 300 rooms will have to pay workers at least $15.37 an hour and, a year later, hotels with at least 150 rooms will have to follow suit. The wage increase is expected to affect workers at some 40 hotels. The measure still requires a second procedural vote and Mayor Eric Garcetti's signature, although Garcetti has already promised to sign the plan. Los Angeles business groups are threatening to sue the city should the law be passed. The minimum wage in Los Angeles currently is $9 per hour.