Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announces raise in the minimum wage

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LOS ANGELES – Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced that the minimum wage rate will increase from $15 to $16.04 per hour, effective on July 1, 2022.

“We fought to raise the minimum wage because hard work should always be met with the dignity, respect, and opportunity that fair pay brings,” said Mayor Garcetti. “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 increase was made official on February 1 and is in accordance with the Los Angeles Municipal Code, which states that on July 1, 2022, and annually thereafter, the minimum wage will increase based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In June 2015, Mayor Garcetti led the coalition to sign the wage increase into law, raising the City’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020 and making Los Angeles the first big city in America to implement such a change.

“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,” said Dr. Mike Davis, President Pro Tempore, Board of Public Works Commission. “I commend the Mayor and City Council for their efforts to combat income inequality and our Bureau of Contract Administration for protecting and promoting the health, safety and welfare of workers in Los Angeles.”

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