University of Wisconsin–Madison

Raise LA: How Good Hotel Jobs Will Boost Local Businesses, Strengthen Neighborhoods and Renew Our Economy

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Economic Justice, Health
This report examines how establishing a minimum wage for hotel workers in Los Angeles would improve job quality, reduce poverty, and bolster the city's tourism industry. It recommends policymakers set the starting hotel minimum wage equal to the existing living wage set for workers at LAX, implement annual cost of living adjustments, protect tips, and ensure five paid sick leave days per year. It also finds this policy will increase hotel worker revenue by $73 million and generate $41 million for the local economy.

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