Los Angeles raises minimum wage to $15 per hour

Seattle and San Francisco also have phased-in minimum wage laws.

David Lazo, Fransico Lazo
David Lazo, 5, center, with his father Francisco, right, raises a dollar bill as workers await the Los Angeles City Council's vote to raise the minimum wage in the city to $15 an hour by 2020 in Los Angeles Wednesday, June 3, 2015. The Los Angeles City Council has voted 13-1 to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, but a second vote is required. The ordinance tentatively approved Wednesday had the endorsement of Mayor Eric Garcetti. A final vote will be taken June 10 because the action Wednesday was not unanimous. The increases would begin with a wage of $10.50 in July 2016, followed by annual increases to $12, $13.25, $14.25 and then $15. Small businesses and nonprofits would be a year behind. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has signed into law a measure that will gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

He called the law “a major victory for our city” at a signing on Saturday, and said the wage increases will enable working families to lift themselves out of poverty.

The increases would begin with a wage of $10.50 in July 2016, followed by annual increases to $12, $13.25, $14.25 and $15. Small businesses and nonprofits would be a year behind.

Calls for raising the minimum wage have grown as the nation struggles with fallout from the recession, worsening income inequality, persistent poverty and the challenges of immigration and the global economy.

Los Angeles joins Seattle and San Francisco as large cities with phased-in minimum wage laws.

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