Council now wants to raise minimum wage to $17.64/hr. for all workers, not just hotel staffers

At City Council’s first in-person meeting in more than a year Monday night, Councilmember John D’Amico upped the ante in the push to raise minimum wages in West Hollywood, the latest twist in a story the city’s business and labor communities have watched closely all year.

City staff presented Council with the latest draft of a proposal that would ultimately increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour for all non-hotel workers by Jan. 1, 2023. Large businesses would be required to start paying their workers that amount a year ahead of small businesses. Additional yearly increases would be determined by consumer price indices.

A separate proposed ordinance mandated that the minimum wage for hotel/hospitality workers would rise to $17.64 per hour starting Jan. 1, 2022.

The proposal also gives hotel workers 96 hours of compensated sick time and 80 hours of non-compensated sick time. Employees in other industries would be given between 40 and 72 hours of compensated sick time, depending on the size of their employer.The amounts were designed to be in line with ordinances in Los Angeles and Santa Monica.

The new draft included a provision that excluded workers of dining establishments within hotels (such as the restaurant inside the Mondrian) from the benefits bestowed upon hotel workers.

Councilmembers rejected this distinction.

“When people say this is West Hollywood, I don’t think that should mean you’re treated differently no matter what sector you’re in,” said Councilmember Lindsey Horvath. “When you’re in the same building, that shouldn’t change how you’re treated in terms of your pay.”

Mayor Pro Tem Sepi Shyne advocated for unlimited uncompensated sick time for all workers.

“If COVID has taught us anything,” she said, “it’s that we must take care of health first.”

D’Amico went a step further.

“I’m just not sure why we would have a different minimum wage for any employee,” he said. “We should choose the highest one and make that what our minimum wage is.”

“I don’t think we should have a different wage tier for non-employees of hotels. I think that everyone should have the same minimum wage in our city.”

D’Amico then made a motion to correct the imbalance, making the minimum wage of $17.64 apply to all workers in West Hollywood and nullifying the reservations surrounding the exclusion provisions. The motion would go into effect in January for hotel workers and in July for other workers. Staff was then directed to return with a revised ordinance at the next City Council meeting.

“Nothing will be implemented until our next meeting,” D’Amico said, “but the assumption is that the items will come back to us as we discussed them.”

Monday night’s meeting marked the first time the City Council had convened in person in council chambers since the beginning of the COVID pandemic in Spring 2020.

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Steve Carry
Steve Carry
1 month ago

Everyone wants to make more money. There are white collar workers and blue collar workers. Should they be paid the same? Then comes the big question; why are things so much more today? The more government becomes involved the more expensive all items become. Then there is the logical question; where is the money coming from to pay these hourly increases?

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Pedro Buckley
Pedro Buckley
1 month ago

Biden’s wage driven and social inflation will drive up cost of living so $17.64/hour or even $20 will be meaningless in 2 years. Meantime, people already now only tip not to feel guilty in most places. Best is in Europe where “Servis Compris”.

Cy Husain
1 month ago
Reply to  Pedro Buckley

It’s excess military spending and tax breaks to the rich that are significantly more responsible for inflation and economic declines. Raising the minimum wage directly stimulates economic growth and creates MORE jobs. In 2014, the 13 states that raised their minimum wages added jobs at a faster rate than the states that did not, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. 17 Nobel Prize–winning economists back Biden’s $3.5 trillion Build Back Better plan

J Cross
J Cross
1 month ago
Reply to  Cy Husain

17 Nobels are on the take. Whenever minimum wage gets raised people lose jobs.
https://youtu.be/talvzN8awLw

Cy Husain
1 month ago
Reply to  J Cross

That is a youtube video made by Ami Horowits a right-wing film maker whose work has been described as false by fact-checkers, NOT by Nobel Prize Winning Economists ❗

High Dry
High Dry
1 month ago
Reply to  Cy Husain

Fact checkers. LOL. And who are these fact checkers. What fascist organisation do they come from? Asking for a relative.

Cy Husain
1 month ago
Reply to  High Dry

Your relative needs to follow the hyperlink and realize that “fascist organizations” oppose not only higher minimum wages but even a minimum wage at all ❗

Dave Di
Dave Di
1 month ago
Reply to  Cy Husain

I wonder if those 17 brainiacs also agree out 3.5 trillion dollar spending will cost nothing.

Cy Husain
1 month ago
Reply to  Dave Di

Worry about idiots at the pentagon spending far more money!

High Dry
High Dry
1 month ago
Reply to  Cy Husain

Have no fear, you are protected whilst inflation runs rampant and we return to stagflation. Enjoy your utopia. You are going to need a boatload of money to get past the storm that is hitting you now.

Cy Husain
1 month ago
Reply to  High Dry

Actually you can look forward to economic growth and increased employment do to increases in the minimum wage. Pay attention to the Nobel Prize in Economics for 2021 ❗ 💖

High Dry
High Dry
1 month ago
Reply to  Cy Husain

The fact is that minimum wage increases lead to job lose. Just in case you are not a business owner or educated in business (I mean no disrespect): there is a finite pool of money in what’s called a budget. There is only so much to go around no matter what an onerous government might want. There are only so many people willing to buy a $20 McDonalds meal for one or a slice and a drink for $14. At some point the business owners will either lay-off people or close. In most cases it is both in that order.… Read more »

Cy Husain
1 month ago
Reply to  High Dry

The old minimum wage increases lead to job loss MYTH, economists have NOT been able to find ANY employment losses attributable to increases in the minimum wage. Several studies by the Economic Policy Institute used four different statistical methods to look for job loss, found none BUT found JOB INCREASES ❗ Same results in studies, including Princeton economists David Card and Alan Krueger’s book “Myth and Measurement.”

Cy Husain
1 month ago
Reply to  High Dry

The Congressional Budget Office’s assessment was proven NONSENSE ❗ Current Economic research has upended the old consensus that higher minimum wages necessarily reduce employment. Examining 138 minimum-wage hikes at the state level and found essentially no effect on payrolls.😁

Tumbleweed
Tumbleweed
1 month ago

Soon we may see a hollowed out West Hollywood devoid of residents and local community based businesses, boarded up store fronts, glossy hotels catering to tourists who will likely find no there..there or hear and plenty of expensive condos that will become investment opportunities for non resident owners to rent out as air bnb or time shares and likewise for the folks that can no longer reside in their own homes. West Hollywood Park will have an inaugural Grand Opening as a Disney-esque attraction so folks can swim before or after cruising the library. The Monopoly board is spinning as… Read more »

voter
voter
1 month ago

The workers making minimum wage do not live in West Hollywood. This is a tax on the residents of West Hollywood. I stopped shopping at Gelson’s after 20 years as a regular customer due to the recent wage and tax increases set by City Hall. The prices at Amazon Fresh are literally 50% of what they charge at Gelsons.

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
1 month ago
Reply to  voter

Why should where people live make a difference on the amount they are paid? Given the prices at Gelson’s I don’t see how a sales tax increase on non-food items of 3/4 of a cent would make much difference at their check out register. The emergency wage bump for front line workers has already expired. I look forward to seeing your at Ralph’s.

WehoFan
WehoFan
1 month ago

Minimum wage should probably be even higher than D’Amicos proposal.

Renee
Renee
1 month ago
Reply to  WehoFan

Agree

Daniel
Daniel
1 month ago
Reply to  Renee

We are in agreement

Eric Jon Schmidt
1 month ago

Why are people in WH so cheap? The minimum wage should be $20.00. Who cares how much money the person who serves you food and who is on their feet for 8 hours makes? Work is work and it should all be respected. How is paying people what they deserve affect you in a negative way? Businesses will have you believe they can’t afford it, which is code for they don’t want anything to impact their profit and affect their standard of living. There is a huge profit margin. A shot costs a bar less than 50 cents yet they… Read more »

Cy Husain
1 month ago

Thank You ❗ For the excellent the points you brought up, the Chamber of Crooks Commerce represents wealthy business interests at the expense of consumers and workers, who are what really drives the Economy as opposed to wealthy capitalist parasites. Raising the Minimum Wage stimulates the Economy far better than tax breaks to the rich which hurt the overall Economy. The Institute for Policy Studies calculates that for every extra dollar going to a low-wage worker, about $1.21 is added to the overall Economy.

Last edited 1 month ago by Cy Husain
J Cross
J Cross
1 month ago
Reply to  Cy Husain

Taxation is theft

Cy Husain
1 month ago
Reply to  J Cross

Most of what the wealthy have attained, was theft from the working people❗

High Dry
High Dry
1 month ago

Why stop there? Kick it up to $35/hour. Why should someone who is educated, worked hard, kept on learning and applied themselves be rewarded with a better paycheck? And while you are at setting the pay scales please limit doctors to $100k/yr. I mean how much does anyone person need? And actors shouldn’t make more than doctors. See how this goes?

Cy Husain
1 month ago
Reply to  High Dry

Who said I plan on stopping “there,” but I thought I would save my ideas of the proletariat owning and controlling the means of production for later posts❗🤣

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