Statement by Labor Leader Ron Herrera on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors’ Motion to Postpone Upcoming Minimum Wage Increase
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 22, 2020
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(Los Angeles, CA) In response to the Los Angles County Board of Supervisors’ motion to study the effects of, and postpone, the scheduled minimum wage increase scheduled for July 1, 2020, Ron Herrera, President of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, issued the following statement:
“The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor strongly opposes any suspension of the minimum wage. Pausing a minimum wage increase adds insult to injury for the countless essential workers who are barely making ends meet. In a time when we desperately need to reignite our economy, pausing the minimum wage will only stunt our economic recovery while hurting our most vulnerable workers.
The facts are clear. When low-wage workers have more money in their pockets, they spend. And when workers spend, they boost the economy, promoting more business and creating more jobs. It is plain and simple; any economic recovery plan that seeks to deny essential workers a raise is no plan at all.”