Target: Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian
Goal: Praise plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in Los Angeles by 2020.
The Los Angeles City Council has approved of a $15 per hour minimum wage in the city, which will help workers live better lives. It is now the largest city in the nation to initiate such a major minimum wage increase.
Lawmakers voted 14 to 1 on the wage hikes, which Mayor Eric Garcetti has already stated publicly that he will sign into law. The first hike will take effect in July 2016, with a bump to $10.50 per hour. The minimum base wage was previously $9 per hour.
This decision will increase the wage for as many as 800,000 workers in the city. Seattle, San Francisco, and Chicago have all made similar increases. This will surely improve the lives of these workers who struggle to make ends meet.
There has been backlash against the plan as well. The lone Republican on the Council, Mitchell Englander, cast the only vote against the measure and argued that it will hurt business. This tired rhetoric has been spouted for years and we usually only hear it from lobbyists of big business. It’s time that we heard champions of the middle class and those who are struggling.
The Council recognized that it is necessary to try and do what we can to alleviate poverty in the nation. Please sign the petition below and thank them for approving of this crucial plan to help those struggling live better lives.
Dear Councilman Paul Krekorian,
I would like to thank you for being an active proponent of the Los Angeles minimum wage increase from $9 per hour to $15 per hour. You and your fellow councilmen and women are approving legislation that will dramatically improve the lives of California workers.
By adopting these wage hikes, the city of Los Angeles is leading the nation in fair and just working compensation. We are tired of the rhetoric stating that big business will lay off workers to fight this measure. It is time that we have voices for the 99 percent and not the 1 percent.
It is necessary to ignore the naysayers who are greedy and only looking out for themselves and who have no respect for poor or middle class working Americans. Many struggle their entire lives just to get food on the table and $9 per hour is no way to live.
I hope that you and the Los Angeles City Council will remain strong voices for your constituents. Thank you for being the voice of the majority of Californians and setting an example for other states to follow.
[Your Name Here]
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