Airport hotels ‘living-wage’ law advances

first_imgDespite continued opposition from the business community, the Los Angeles City Council gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a “living-wage” ordinance for a dozen hotels near LAX. The 9-3 vote came in the council’s second attempt to require the Century Boulevard hotels to boost what they pay some 3,500 workers. A final vote on the measure is set for next week. But the business community – which had organized what had been expected to be a bitter and costly referendum on an earlier version of the ordinance – also opposed the revised measure and said it could challenge it in court. “We will have to get together now to determine what we should do next,” said Gary Toebben, president of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. Under the new measure, hotels would pay workers $9.39 an hour with health benefits or $10.64 an hour without them. It would be phased in by July 1. In return, city government would make $1 million in streetscape improvements, spend $50,000 as part of a marketing campaign and undertake studies on the impact of a living wage. The improvements would come in an airport hospitality enhancement zone that would incorporate the boundaries of a current business improvement district. City government also would agree to study whether to build a miniconference center in the area. But Toebben and others have said they remain concerned that the ordinance could be extended to other city businesses. “The entire business community stands united against this type of … intervention in negotiations between labor and business,” Toebben said. “This discourages business growth and job creation.” Several business leaders argued that the new measure is substantially like the one they had targeted for a referendum, and they questioned the legality of adopting it rather than putting the matter on the ballot. In a written opinion, City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo said he believes that the measure is defensible but could present some risk for the city. Hahn and council President Eric Garcetti disputed claims that the new measure is substantially the same as the previous one. Hahn said the new measure has more than 14 changes from the earlier effort. “The original living-wage proposal was strictly that,” Garcetti said. “A lot of us would have liked to have held the election. I believe the people of Los Angeles would support a living wage, but we made a decision to accommodate the business community.” The city has had a living-wage law in effect for more than a decade, but it applies only to firms that do business under contract with the city. The council has argued that it can be extended to the Century Corridor hotels because they benefit from city investment at Los Angeles International Airport. (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A spokesman for the hotels said a lawsuit is likely. “It only takes one hotel or one person to challenge this,” spokesman Arnie Berghoff said. Some on the council decried the lawsuit warnings. “To have the business community threaten us is an abomination,” Councilwoman Janice Hahn said. “We rescinded our earlier ordinance at their request and made substantial changes in this to accommodate them. We should not wait any longer.” But Councilman Greig Smith – who along with Councilmen Bernard Parks and Dennis Zine opposed the measure – said he does not believe that the new ordinance is significantly different from the earlier one. That one was withdrawn by the council after an outraged business community collected enough voters’ signatures to force the council to back down or put the issue on the ballot in May. “I said before – and my feelings have been confirmed – that this is just a bait and switch,” Smith said. “There is nothing new in here but promises.” last_img read more


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