STATEMENT: Mayor Garcetti on Minimum Wage Increase
July 1, 2016
July 1 marks the first minimum wage increase taking effect as part of the City's plan to raise the wage to $15 by 2020. Mayor Garcetti signed the minimum wage ordinance into law on June 13, 2015.
"Today, Los Angeles becomes the first big city in America to begin the climb to a $15 an hour minimum wage. Our decision to end poverty wages in L.A. caused a ripple effect that spread to six other cities in L.A. County, then statewide — and now New York state has followed suit.
Why does it matter? Because an honest day's work deserves an honest day's pay. Because hardworking families should get a fair shake. Because raising the wage helps to build a stronger middle class in Los Angeles, which is good for our entire local economy.
We're celebrating today, but we'll keep fighting for good jobs with good wages, greater access to health care, and a secure retirement for everyone. Because all Angelenos — from the boardroom to the factory floor — deserve a chance to share in this city's prosperity." — Mayor Eric Garcetti
For more information about the minimum wage raise, you can contact the Office of Wage Standards at 844-WAGES-LA or visit wagesla.lacity.org.