Long Beach City Council Adopts $13 Minimum Wage With Pathway to $15; Mayor Garcia Will Sign into Law
“Every worker in our city deserves a living wage,” Garcia says
Long Beach, CA: After months of community discussion and deliberation, the City Council voted early this morning to adopt a minimum wage policy for Long Beach. Under the ordinance, which will come to Council for final approval next month, the minimum wage in Long Beach will be $10.50 beginning January 1, 2017, and then move to $12.00 in 2018 and $13.00 in 2019.
The Council also created a "Pathway to $15", committing to conduct a study of the new wage’s economic impacts in 2019. If there are no major negative impacts, the wage will move to $14.00 in 2020 and $15.00 in 2021.
“An increased minimum wage will stimulate our economy and help many families who struggle to make ends meet,” the Mayor said. “I believe every worker in our city deserves a living wage.”
The Council essentially adopted the recommendations of the Economic Development Commission, which were developed with extensive community input from workers, business owners, nonprofits, and residents. Under the new ordinance, businesses with 25 or fewer employees, as well as all nonprofits, will have an extra year to implement the new wage, and some training programs will be able to pay a lower wage for a short time.
“I greatly appreciate all the input from our community, particularly the employees who are standing up for a living wage, and the small business owners who are really the backbone of our local economy,” said Mayor Garcia. “I’m proud that we’ve given Long Beach the raise it deserves, and found ways to support our businesses in making this transition.”