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

RESOLUTION 15-05.62

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

Whereas, at 21%, Los Angeles has the highest poverty rate among major metropolitan areas; ranks as one of the most unaffordable 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 Angeles needs more than $15 per hour to meet basic needs; 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 California Democratic Party supports raising the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $15 per hour, indexed to the cost of living, and urges the inclusion of guaranteed earned sick days, as well as a comprehensive enforcement mechanism to end wage theft while protecting workers from retaliation;

Therefore be it further resolved, that the LACDP is encouraged to communicate this resolution to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles City Council.

Sponsored by LACDP

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its Summer/Fall 2015 E-board Meeting
Hyatt Regency
August 16, 2015

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