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The report evaluating census data finds that LA County has some of the highest rates of working poverty in the country. This analysis breaks down poverty rates by industry as well.
The odinance establishes the LA Wage Enforcement Division and increasesthe penalities for wage theft and other wage violations.
This report outlines the failed strategies the City of Long Beach took toward investing in tourism without ensuring this investment of public dollars produced good jobs. The report then makes suggestions for address the problem.
This report details the impact on workers of the hotel industry in LA refusing to comply with the City's Living Wage Ordinance
The Clean Truck Program at the Port of Los Angeles was designed to make the trucks at the city's ports more environmentally friendly. The Program reduced emmisions at the port drastically. Importantly, the project was designed such that it do not allow port companies to shift the costs of the truck upgrades on to the drivers.
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.
An ordinance adding Article 4 to Chapter X of the Los Angeles Municipal Code to create an Airport Hospitality Enhancement Zone. By way of this ordinance, the City seeks to improve and encourage the continuing growth and development of the business community in the Century Boulevard Corridor, while simultaneously improving the welfare of service workers at LAX-area hotels by ensuring that they receive decent compensation for the work they perform. This ordinance provides for an investment in the workers, the local businesses, and the City at large by setting forth a plan that supports the labor and business communities located in the area adjacent to LAX.
This report outlines the issues with Long Beach's Clean Trucks Program which made truck drivers not the companies bare the costs of the reforms. This further contributes to their independent contractor status.
The retail sector is an integral part of the Los Angeles landscape with almost half a million workers in the county, and 147,157 workers in the city. Retail makes up one-tenth of the private sector workforce in the county and is its second largest employer. Yet more than half of the county’s workforce earn low wages. In the past few years, local and statewide policies have focused on transforming low-wage work, including a raise in the minimum wage, increased worker protections, and required paid time off. Despite the statewide strengthening of workers’ rights protections, the unreliable hours and unpredictable schedules endemic in the retail industry mean these benefits become inaccessible to many workers. In part, the retail industry relies on scheduling practices that are not good for workers, such as forcing them to wait for their weekly schedules with only a few days notice. These practices not only undercut workers’ hours and their expectations thereof, but also their incomes, and can make it nearly impossible for workers to realize full and healthy lives.
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.