Resolution in Support of Raising the Minimum Wage and Ensuring Worker Protections in Los Angeles

Whereas, at 21% of the population, los Angeles has the highest poverty rate among major metropolitan areas, and ranks as one of the most unfordable cities for housing food and transportation, and four fifths of low wage workers and their families experience wage theft and lack any earned sick leave; and

Whereas, research shows that a single wage earner in Los Angles needs more that 15 dollars per hour to meet basic needs and this wage would improve the lives of workers and their families, and their increased spending would stimulate the city’s economy and provide employers with a more stable and productive workforce; and

Whereas, the 2014 Platform of the California Democratic Party supports increasing the minimum wage indexed for inflation, including a living wage in areas with a high cost of living and advocates earned sick days for all workers;

Therefore be it resolved, that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party supports raising the minimum wage in Los Angeles to at least $15 per hour indexed to the cost of living, including guaranteed earned sick days and a comprehensive enforcement mechanism to end wage theft while protecting workers form retaliation.

Therefore, be it further resolved, that this resolution will be communicated to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles City Council.

Authored by: Uduak-Joe Ntuk, 70th AD

Adopted by LACDP 2/10/15

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