West Hollywood Passes Highest Minimum Wage In The Country

West Hollywood, California, is enacting a minimum wage of $17.64 per hour.

The minimum wage — approved unanimously by the city council — will incrementally rise alongside the state’s overall wage floor.

The Guardian reports:

The wage hike will start taking affect in January for some workers and will gradually increase every six months until July 2023, eventually surpassing California’s minimum wage, which is set to reach $15 by 2022 for workplaces with more than 25 employees. California has the highest minimum wage of any state.

Some local business owners spoke against the increase, arguing that businesses were still struggling to recover from the pandemic and that the pay raise would push companies out of the city, while restaurant owners said their workers were already highly compensated.

“Fewer than 10% of our jobs pay enough to live in the city,” city councilmember John D’Amico told the outlet. “I believe we are now righting the founding wrong of this city. Keeping West Hollywood workers in a position where they cannot be our neighbors and worse, they have to learn how to live without a reliable income, this has to finally no longer be acceptable.” – READ MORE