Los Angeles is now largest city in America with $15 minimum wage

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LOS ANGELES — It’s official: Los Angeles is now the largest city in America to guarantee workers at least $15 an hour.

Mayor Eric Garcetti on Saturday signed into law a bill raising the minimum wage from $9 an hour to $15 over the next five years. The move was expected after city council had passed the legislation by a near unanimous vote.

The minimum wage is already set to increase to $10 per hour across California in 2016.

And the state Assembly is considering another statewide wage hike: A bill that passed the state Senate recently would bring the rate to $13 per hour by 2017.

In Los Angeles, several groups representing restaurants, theater owners and small businesses opposed the change.

Los Angeles is the latest in a wave of cities to raise the minimum wage.

  • San Francisco voted last November to increase its minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2018.
  • San Diego will hike its minimum wage to $11.50 by 2017, a measure it passed last August despite a veto from the city’s mayor.
  • Chicago will bring the minimum wage to $13 by 2019, although the Illinois rate is $8.25 per hour.
  • Seattle will increase its minimum wage to $15 by 2018, which will probably put it ahead of Washington state’s wage.

Colorado’s minimum wage is $8.23 an hour.

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, but the Obama administration has been pushing Congress to raise it.

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