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Hotel Workers Rally for Higher Wages

Hotel employees pushed to raise the wage from eight to 15 dollars an hour.

Dozens of hotel employees rallied in Downtown Los Angeles Tuesday to push for a higher minimum wage. The hotel workers pushed to raise their minimum wage from eight dollars to more than 15 dollars an hour.

By creating a minimum wage of 15.37 dollars, the city council proposed it will give hotel workers a better standards of living as well as growth to the economy.

If the minimum wage is raised to 15.37 dollars, it will be the highest in the country.

Hotel union, SEIU, released the following statement:

"We think it's so important for everyone to make a decent living, especially in this city where so many jobs don't pay enough. But we also think more needs to be done to fix LA."

The minimum wage increase would affect Los Angeles area hotels that have 100 rooms or more. The LA City Council held off on voting on a minimum wage increase for hospitality workers until an economic study is complete.

Councilmember Curren Price said hotel owners are concerned about raising the minimum wage, but it will provide a better work force.

Last week, President Obama signed an executive order to raise the minimum wage to a little over 10 dollars an hour. The Congressional Budget Office said that hike will cost 500-thousand jobs. But the report also said the raise would pull 900-thousand Americans above the poverty line.

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