LB City Council tentatively advances healthcare worker's pay to $25 an hour
The Long Beach City Council unanimously voted to advance a potential new ordinance that would raise the minimum wage for healthcare workers to $25 an hour.
Why it matters:
Healthcare workers were at the frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic as essential workers, and the new ordinance affects all hospital employees from nurses, maintenance workers, pharmacists, and food service workers.
Driving the news:
SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West, a healthcare union, collected enough signatures to place the minimum wage initiative on the November ballot; however, the Council decided to vote on the ordinance after completing an economic impact report.
The fiscal impact would cost the city about $1.2 million.
An estimated 1,188 health care facilities are in Long Beach and support 19,000 jobs, about 11.2% of all jobs in Long Beach.
A part of the ordinance would prohibit employers from “funding any wage increases by shifting the burden to employees,” and “engaging in any retaliation.”
Long Beach would be joining other cities like Los Angeles and Downey, which have passed similar laws.
Council members are voting next week on the ordinance; if the item passes, the law will go into effect 30 days after Mayor Garcia signs the bill.