Measure N

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In short, stronger families, healthy local communities.

Measure N will give housekeepers, cooks and dishwashers in Long Beach’s biggest hotels a minimum wage of about $2,000/month, letting them support their families and spend their money locally.

Using a standard multiplier, economists estimate that that spending will add an additional $7 million to Long Beach’s economy annually, creating and sutaining 85 new jobs and sending about $800,000 in new tax dollars to our schools, police and public services every year.

Measure N, a Long Beach living wage ballot initiative to support low-wage hotel workers passed in November of 2012. This marked a huge victory for both workers and a newly activated progressive coalition of community groups in a City once known for its conservative political climate. The push to get Measure N passed was led by the Long Beach Coalition for Good Jobs and a Healthy Community and Unite Here Local 11. By passing Measure N, Long Beach joined over 120 cities across the United states, including 33 other cities in California such as San Jose, San Diego, Pasadena, and Irvine, in adopting a living wage law.

Measure N:

  • Requires hotels with more than 100 rooms to pay workers a minimum of $13 per hour.

  • Protects worker tips by ensuring that service charges are paid entirely to the hotel worker performing services for the customers from whom the service charges are collected.

  • Allows hotel workers to use up to five paid days off per year for sick leave, vacation, or personal necessity.

Long Beach taxpayers subsidize Long Beach’s tourism industry, one of the biggest employers in Long Beach. Taxpayer dollars have helped build a prosperous tourism district, but the housekeepers and other low-wage workers haven’t shared in that prosperity. Long Beach’s large hotels have received $114 million in direct taxpayer assistance. But hotel workers don’t earn enough money to support their families or participate in the life of their city.  Measure N will help change the unfair practices that have occurred in Long Beach’s tourism industry for so long.

Thanks to Measure N, hard working people who work in the hospitality will make enough money to support themselves and their families.  However, the effects of Measure N won’t only mean a better life for hospitality workers.  By raising the minimum wage and paid sick days for hospitality workers, Measure N will boost the local economy and protect the health of workers and the greater community.  Economists agree that working people spend more of their money immediately and shop it locally.  The majority of the 2,000 workers covered by Measure N live in Long Beach. and economists estimate they will reinvest over two-thirds of their increased income back into the local economy.  This means there will be more money flowing into small, local businesses and more demand for goods and services in the community which ultimately leads to the creation of new jobs, families being lifted out of poverty and a reinvestment in local business and neighborhoods.

Read the Measure N Official City Ordinance here.

Watch a video about small businesses and Measure N here.

Watch “Measure N: The Way We Win” here.