FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – ADVISORY FOR JUNE 28, 2017
What: Low-wage workers across multiple sectors will gather to launch the Los Angeles Worker Center Network. The network is committed to informing and enforcing new wage rights for all workers, regardless of immigration status, race, gender identity, or sex. The network is being launch to coincide with new minimum increases approved the last year. In accordance with the passage of these laws, beginning July 1, 2017, wages in the city and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County will increase to $10.50 per hour for workers in establishments with 25 employees or less. Employers with 26 or more employees will be required to pay employees $12.00 per hour. Wage increases will impact the city of Santa Monica similarly.
When: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 – 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Who: Representatives from the minimum wage enforcement departments of the City of Los Angeles, City of Santa Monica and the County of Los Angeles; 50 workers and supporters from the organizations that comprise the newly formed Los Angeles Worker Center Network: Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Central American Resource Center (CARECEN-LA), CLEAN Carwash LA, Garment Worker Center (GWC),Instituto de Educación Popular del Sur de California (IDEPSCA),Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA),Los Angeles Black Worker Center (LABWC),National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), Pilipino Workers Center (PWC), Restaurant Opportunities Center of Los Angeles (ROC-LA), Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE), and the UCLA Labor Center.
Why: “Bet Tzedek is proud to be a part of the newly formed Los Angeles Worker Center Network and to work alongside our worker center partners throughout Los Angeles to raise the visibility of and support organizing by low-wage workers, immigrant and refugee workers, and workers of color. Joining this network is another step in our nearly 20-year fight to end wage theft and the exploitation of low-income workers in our city.” – Casey Raymond, Bet Tzedek Skadden Fellow.