Small Business Owners Applaud LA City Council for Voting to Raise the Minimum Wage

Kevin Litwin, CEO of Joe's Auto Parks testifying in support of raising the minimum wage Kevin Litwin, CEO of Joe's Auto Parks testifying in support of raising the minimum wage
Today the Los Angeles City Council heard testimony on raising the minimum wage in the city to as high as $15.25 an hour and The Main Street Alliance of California’s own Kevin Litwin provided comment in support of raising the wage. Watch his testimony here: https://youtu.be/C2kEs8D3ZIY
“I am the Chief Operating Office at Joe’s Parking, and a member of the Main Street Alliance. Together we are support raising the L.A. minimum wage to $15.25. When Joe’s Auto Parks was founded in 1959 minimum wage was just $1 an hour. We didn’t pay the minimum then, and we don’t pay the minimum now. For over 50 years we have been committed to offering fair wages and attracting the best and brightest employees to manage our locations. That is how we grew to one of the largest operations here in downtown L.A. We strongly hope you pass this and raise the wage to $15.25” said Litwin.
The Council chambers were packed with over 100 residents of the city, most of whom supported the minimum wage increase, and dozens of workers and community leaders provided comment echoing Kevin's support.
After hearing the support and concerns of those in attendance the Council turned in a 14-1 vote in favor of raising the city’s wage to $15 gradually over the next 5 years. The legislation will move on to a full Council vote next week before being written into law. The first wage bump will occur in July of 2016 when wages will rise to $10.60 an hour on their way to $15 by 2020.

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