LOS ANGELES (CNS) — The Los Angeles City Council will consider two courses of action Tuesday following a successful petition by people seeking to raise the minimum wage for those working at covered health care facilities in Los Angeles to $25 per hour.
The "Minimum Wage for Employees Working at Healthcare Facilities" initiative is aimed at raising the workers' minimum wage and having it adjusted annually to account for increases in the cost of living. The ordinance would also prohibit employers from funding the minimum wage increase by laying off workers or reducing benefits or hours.
The City Council on Tuesday can either adopt the proposed initiative ordinance without alteration or vote to present the idea to voters in a ballot measure during the next regular city or statewide election.
People who work for health care facilities in Los Angeles do not have their own minimum wage law and are included under the city's general minimum wage of $15, which will increase to $16.04 on July 1. Los Angeles' minimum wage is based on the region's Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers in the LA metropolitan area.