- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - The Santa Monica City Council has voted to raise the minimum wage at most businesses to $15 by 2020 - putting it in line with its neighbors in Los Angeles city and county.

The Los Angeles Times reports (https://lat.ms/1RlAx0A) six council members voted Tuesday for the ordinance and one abstained.

Wages at city hotels and motels of all sizes, and at associated businesses located at hotels, would reach $15.37 per hour by 2017.

The law must come before the council for a second reading in two weeks.

The Santa Monica ordinance - unlike the one in LA - exempts union employees working under collective bargaining agreements. That’s a provision meant to encourage employers to be open to union organizing.



It also requires paid leave for employees beyond the minimum three days required by the state.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com/

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