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The Challenges of Making LA's Minimum Wage a Reality

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Seattle, San Francisco and Oakland have all raised the minimum wage in recent months, but organized labor says its victory in Los Angeles will be the turning point for a national movement to reduce income inequality. The minimum wage in LA will rise from $9 an hour this year with annual increases bringing it to $15 dollars by 2020. The City Council passed the measure with just one dissenting vote, and Mayor Garcetti will sign it into law on Saturday. Predictions of what will happen next are opposed diametrically. We hear what happened when Oakland raised by more than $3 an hour in a single day.

Photo: Bob Simpson

Credits

Guests:
Alejandro Lazo - Wall Street Journal - @AlejandroLazo, Manfred Keil - Claremont McKenna College, Saqib Keval - Miss Ollie's, Ben Shahvar - Buttercup Grill & Bar Restaurants - @BenjaminShahvar , Kathy Hoang - Restaurant Opportunities Centers of Los Angeles - @ROCLosAngeles

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Sáša Woodruff, Katie Cooper