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May 20, 2015

L.A. Adopts $15 Minimum Wage but OKs Delay for Some Nonprofits

The Los Angeles City Council approved a plan Tuesday to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, giving labor activists their biggest victory to date in a nationwide campaign to boost stagnating pay at the lower rungs of the economic ladder, the Los Angeles Times writes.

Mayor Eric Garcetti said he would sign the measure, which envisions increasing the current $9-an-hour wage floor incrementally over five years, starting on July 1, 2016.

Under the proposal, which passed by a 14-1 vote, companies and nonprofits with 25 or fewer employees would have an extra year to comply, as would some charities that offer job training for homeless people, ex-gang members, and disadvantaged workers. While area nonprofits largely backed the intent of the wage hike, social-service groups raised concerns that higher labor costs would force them to curtail hiring.