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L.A. mayor: Minimum wage exemption for unionized firms needs study
L.A. mayor: Minimum wage exemption for unionized firms needs study

The path toward passage of Los Angeles’ landmark minimum wage increase took a rocky detour Wednesday, as business and elected officials reacted harshly to a last-minute push by labor leaders to create an exemption for companies with unionized workforces. Union officials have been among the most ardent backers of the plan approved by the L.A. City Council last week to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. But some labor leaders who opposed loopholes for small businesses and restaurants now argue that unionized companies should have leeway to negotiate lower pay rates with their employees. The suggested addition to the wage-increase plan drew sharp criticism from some in the business...

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