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An ordinance amending Article I0 of Chapter I of Division I0 of the Los Angeles Administrative Code, the Service Contractor Worker Retention Ordinance, to make certain modifications and clarifications. It is unacceptable that contracting decisions involving the expenditure of City funds should have any potential effect of creating unemployment and the consequential need for social services. The City, as a principal provider of social support services, has an interest in the stability of employment under contracts with the City or by those receiving financial assistance from the City. The retention of existing workers benefits that interest.
An ordinance adding Article 6 to Chapter XVIII of the Los Angeles Municipal Code requiring a minimum wage for hotel workers and repealing Article 4 of Chapter X of the Los Angeles Municipal Code. The City has made significant financial investments to create a climate that has allowed the hospitality industry to thrive in Los Angeles. For example, the City assists in providing and maintaining free public tourist attractions and in helping to build and maintain the public transportation system that carries visitors around the City, including to and from hotels. The City\'s investments have helped the hospitality industry, which has enjoyed three consecutive years of growth, achieve an occupancy rate of 78 percent (far better than the national average of 62 percent) and a \"revenue per room available\" rate of $111 — a 14 year high for Los Angeles. Because hotels receive benefits from City assets and investments and because the City and its tourist industry benefit from hotels with experienced and content workers with low turnover, it is fair and reasonable that hotels pay their employees a fair wage. It will benefit the local economy and benefit City visitors, residents and businesses.
This report analyized the potential impact of the proposed LA and Long Beach Clean Truck Programs. They how that these programs would not only imporve the environment but would also have large financial benefits for the truck drivers and their communtieis.
This report evaluates the enivronmental, economic, and labor impact of the Port of Los Angeles Clean Truck Program which resulted in a massive reduction in diesel emissions. The report finds the program was expertly designed to reduce emissions without putting the bulk of the burden on vulnerable low wage truck drivers.
An ordinance adding Article 4 to Chapter XViii of the Los Angeles Municipal Code to require LA-area hotels to pass along service charges to those hotel service workers who render the services for which the charges are collected.
Anchor institutions are place-based entities such as universities and hospitals that are tied to their surroundings by mission, invested capital, or relationships to customers, employees, and vendors. These local human and economic relationships link institution well-being to that of the community in which it is anchored. Increasingly, anchor institutions across the nation are realizing this interdependence and are expanding their public or nonprofit mission to incorporate what we call an "anchor mission." In other words, they are consciously applying their long-term, place-based economic power, in combination with their human and intellectual resources, to better the long-term welfare of the communities in which they reside.
Chester, Pennsylvania, a small, formerly industrial city located on the Delaware River, not far from Philadelphia, exemplifies the problems and possibilities faced by older manufacturing cities across the United States, especially in the Northeast and Midwest. Chester's problems of poverty, stagnation, and unemployment stem from the late 20th-century decline of an industrial economy in the United States - which in Chester was primarily centered on automobile manufacturing and shipbuilding - and the flight of the more affluent residents to the suburbs. The remaining residents face high poverty, high unemployment, a crumbling infrastructure, lack of services and businesses, and underperforming schools. There is hope, however. Although the Federal Reserve Bank classifies Chester as a "struggling city," Chester also embodies the possibilities in the concept of resilience defined as "the individual and collective capacity to respond to adversity and change." The project of turning Chester around is a work in progress, but Chester is also a community that has taken intentional action "to enhance the personal and collective capacity of its citizens and institutions to respond to and influence the course of social and economic change." In fact, Chester, and one of its key partners in community revitalization, Widener University, can serve as a case study of what building resilience can look like in the face of daunting challenges.
Anchor institutions (often referred to as \"eds and meds\") are place-based enterprises, firmly rooted in their locales. In addition to universities and hospitals, anchors may include cultural institutions (such as museums), health care facilities (such as nursing homes), and municipal governments. Typically, anchors tend to be nonprofit corporations. Because they are rooted in place (unlike for-profit corporations that may relocate for a variety of reasons, such as lower labor costs, more subsidies, or fewer environmental regulations), anchors have, at least in principle, an economic self-interest in helping ensure that the communities in which they are based are safe, vibrant, and healthy.
Wage theft is a catchall term for a range of situations in which an employer fails to pay an employee, and it can take many forms - from employers paying employees less than the minimum wage or failing to pay overtime to withholding tips, not providing employees with their final paycheck, or requiring employees to work off the clock. These forms of theft hurt working families and add unnecessary burdens to already overtaxed social safety nets, reduce tax revenues, and have a harmful impact on local economies.
Residents, workers, and businesses from communities across Los Angeles are united in the Raise LA Coalition in an effort to ensure that the city’s largest and most profitable hotels support the communities in which they operate. Raise LA is advocating for City Council passage of a minimum wage for hotel workers. Establishing a minimum wage for workers in LA’s large hotels will directly address the problem of growing poverty in the city of Los Angeles and will stimulate our local economy by an estimated $71 million per year in increased local consumer spending and related economic activity. With the full recovery of the city’s lodging industry, hotels’ revenues at an all-time high, and the scheduled addition of thousands of new rooms to the city’s stock, there is an important opportunity today for LA’s large hotels to make necessary investments in improving workplace standards that will affect thousands of Angelenos working in one of the city’s largest low-wage sectors.