L.A. City Council approves minimum-wage hike for hotel workers
By David Zahniser, Emily Alpert Reyes LA Times, Posted September 24, 2014
Big hotels in Los Angeles will soon be required to pay at least $15.37 an hour to their workers — one of the highest minimum-wage requirements in the country. The City Council voted 12 to 3 on Wednesday to impose the higher wage on large hotels, delivering a huge victory to a coalition that included organized labor, more than a dozen neighborhood councils and the ACLU of Southern California.
Los Angeles Approves Raising Minimum Wage for Large-Hotel Workers
By Erica E. Phillips and Eric Morath Wall Street Journal, Posted on September 24, 2014
LOS ANGELES—The City Council approved one of the nation's highest minimum wages for workers at large hotels here. In a 12-3 vote on Wednesday, council members backed an ordinance establishing a minimum hourly wage of $15.37 for workers at Los Angeles hotels with at least 125 guest rooms.
LA City Council Passes Historic $15.37/hour Hotel Worker Minimum Wage
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles City Council voted 12-3 in favor of a new law creating a $15.37 per hour minimum wage for workers in LA’s big hotels.
Supporters of the measure, known as the Raise LA coalition, erupted in cheer in council chambers Wednesday morning as the results were announced. The broad coalition included hundreds of hotel workers, more than 35 community organizations, 17 neighborhood councils, churches and hundreds of small businesses.
Report: 1 in 4 airline caterers say food carts vulnerable
By Bart Jansen, USA TODAY Posted on September 9, 2014
Nearly one in four airline catering workers — 24% — say unauthorized people could get into their kitchens and trucks, and the same percentage warned that someone could place contraband on a food cart, according to a survey obtained by USA TODAY.
UNITE HERE Local 11 endorses Kevin McKeown, Frank Gruber for City Council
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September 5, 2014, Santa Monica--- The hotel workers of UNITE HERE Local 11 have endorsed Kevin McKeown and Frank Gruber as their 2014 City Council candidates. “We chose Frank and Kevin because they both have a strong history of standing alongside us,” said Derek Smith, Political Director of UNITE HERE Local 11, “their longtime support of living wages, affordable housing, and job creation is a commitment to the idea that Santa Monica is a diverse, inclusive community where people can join the middle class and raise families.”
LA PROGRESSIVE - Supporting a 15/Hour Minimum Wage for LA's Hospitality Industry
The hotel industry is booming but hotel jobs like housekeeper, cook, bellman, server, bartender, front desk agent, dishwasher, and others often pay at the poverty level further exacerbating poverty in metropolitan areas of high tourism and business travel. According to the US Census Bureau, 20.2 percent of Los Angeles’s total population lives below the federal poverty level.
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