In 2013, the Long Beach Council passed a minimum wage for city-contracted tourism employees. Higher minimum wages are common and often city-contracted tourism employees. Low wages cause high turnover in the tourism industry, which interrupts operations and negatively affects the city’s tourism brand. When workers receive higher wages, they invest their money locally, which increases business profits and the tax base. Currently, more than 140 local governments have implemented higher minimum wages or living wage policies, including the Los Angeles International Airport, the Los Angeles Convention Center, the Port of Los Angeles, Fisherman’s Wharf, the San Diego Convention Center, and the Miami International Airport.
A higher minimum wage at the Long Beach Convention Center and Long Beach Airport will:
✓ strengthen tourism
✓ stabilize business operations
✓ benefit Long Beach taxpayers and workers