The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday launched an effort to provide health insurance for about 5,000 low-income workers at Los Angeles International Airport by increasing the hourly wage required under the city's "living-wage" ordinance.
In a unanimous vote, the council directed the city attorney to draft a revision for the law that could boost the hourly wage of airport workers from $11.25 to between $13 and $14. Council members required that the proposed amendment be returned to them within 30 days for further consideration.
"There is not enough living in the current living-wage ordinance," said Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who supports the revision. "We are planning to invest billions of dollars to renovate LAX, and we need to invest in the workers who keep that airport operating every day."
If approved, the change would affect thousands of people hired by private contractors, which perform a variety of services for airlines and aviation-related companies at LAX. Those firms provide janitors, skycaps, baggage handlers, aircraft cabin cleaners, security personnel and attendants for travelers with disabilities.