Los Angeles County supervisors rejected a push to exempt nonprofits and job-training programs from a plan to increase the minimum wage for workers in county-controlled areas to $15 by 2021.
The measure to increase the wage in unincorporated areas was first passed by a split vote in July. The board approved the final language of the plan by the same 3-2 vote Tuesday.
Conservative supervisors Don Knabe and Michael D. Antonovich — who also opposed the wage increase — pushed for last-minute exemptions for nonprofits, seasonal workers and workers in job-training programs like Homeboy Industries.
Knabe proposed an exemption that would allow “transitional employment programs” like Homeboy Industries and the Los Angeles Conservation Corps to pay workers less than the new minimum during the first year and a half of employment. The proposal mirrors an exemption approved by the Los Angeles City Council after a similar wage increase plan was approved.
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