The Los Angeles City Council has voted 14-1 on Tuesday to increase the city’s minimum wage from $9 to $15 an hour by 2020.
Under the plan, pay will gradually increase for the lowest paid workers over the next five years and reach the top mark by 2020 for larger employers.
The increase comes as labor organizers and workers across the country are demanding higher wages. Several cities, including San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle and Oakland, California, have approved increases, and dozens more are considering taking the same action.
The measure in Los Angeles was approved by the council’s Economic Development Committee last week, and will initially boost the wage in July 2016 from $9 to $10.50 an hour for businesses with 26 or more employees.
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