• Matt Esnayra

LB City Council tentatively advances healthcare worker's pay to $25 an hour

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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.

What’s Next:

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.

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