Minimum wage in Los Angeles to increase from $15 to $16.04, Mayor Garcetti announces

According to Garcetti's office, more than 600,000 Angelenos make minimum wage and will get a pay increase when it takes effect.
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The city of Los Angeles minimum wage, which is based on the region's Consumer Price Index, will increase from $15 to $16.04 per hour effective July 1, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced.

"We fought to raise the minimum wage because hard work should always be met with the dignity, respect, and opportunity that fair pay brings,'' Garcetti said in a statement.

"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.''

The city's wage increase was signed in June 2015, lifting it to $15 per hour by 2020 and making it subject to increases each year based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers in the L.A. metropolitan area.

According to Garcetti's office, more than 600,000 Angelenos make minimum wage and will receive a pay increase on July 1 when it takes effect.

"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,'' Dr. Mike Davis, president pro tempore of the Board of Public Works Commission, said in a statement.

The Bureau of Contract Administration handles implementing and administering the minimum wage guidelines for Los Angeles. The bureau's director, John L. Reamer Jr., said the annual pay adjustment is meant to ensure that workers' wages keep pace with inflation.

"This is an important step to address economic realities for every Angeleno who is working hard to support themselves and their families,'' he said.
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