How LA's 'hero pay' ties to federal fight over minimum wage

A masked worker stocks the produce section at Sprouts in Culver City, California, February 2021. Photo by Amy Ta/KCRW

Democrats want to include a federal minimum wage hike in the latest COVID-19 relief bill. They want it to go up to $15 per hour over the next four years. Republicans have put forward competing proposals, including raising it to $10 per hour over four years.

The LA County Supervisors and the LA City Council recently approved a temporary $5 per hour increase for grocery workers. They call it “hero pay” for being on the front lines of the pandemic.

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Guest:
Molly Kinder - David M. Rubenstein Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Angie Perrin, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Rosalie Atkinson, Brian Hardzinski, Bennett Purser