EDITORIAL MUNICIPAL SOCIALISM `LIVING WAGE' FOR HOTEL WORKERS WILL INEVITABLY EXPAND CITYWIDE.HOTEL workers cheered Wednesday when the Los Angeles City Council The Los Angeles City Council is the governing body of the City of Los Angeles, California, United States. agreed to impose a ``living wage'' on a handful of hotels near Los Angeles International Airport “LAX” redirects here. For other uses, see LAX (disambiguation).
“KLAX” redirects here. For other uses, see KLAX (disambiguation).
Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX, ICAO: KLAX, FAA LID: LAX .
How long will that exhilaration last when workers realize that, though they might see small bumps in their paychecks, this anti-business action could have dire impacts on their future moneymaking ability?
When the city's living-wage requirements are extended to hotels near LAX, a small group of workers will be guaranteed $10.33-an-hour pay at a minimum (or $9.08 an hour with health benefits), as opposed to the $7.50 that will be the state's minimum wage starting Jan. 1. That could have a larger effect of putting many people out of work or shutting off opportunities as hotels cut jobs, to afford the cost, and require the remaining employees to absorb the additional work.
Is that something to cheer about?
This kind of municipal socialism Municipal socialism refers to various historical movements to use local government to further socialist aims. The term has been used to describe public ownership of streetcar lines, waterworks, and other local utilities, as was favored by "Progressives" in the United States in the might be well-meaning, but it's ultimately bad for those it purports to help.
The City Council adopted a living-wage ordinance A law, statute, or regulation enacted by a Municipal Corporation.
An ordinance is a law passed by a municipal government. A municipality, such as a city, town, village, or borough, is a political subdivision of a state within which a municipal corporation has been 10 years ago for firms that did business with the city. The rationale was that it wasn't mandatory: If companies didn't want to pay the living wage, they could just do without city contracts.
But this week's vote to extend the law has no similar rationale since it requires private businesses to comply (or move, one supposes). More ominously om·i·nous
1. Menacing; threatening: ominous black clouds; ominous rumblings of discontent.
2. Of or being an omen, especially an evil one. , it is inevitable that the council in its arrogance Arrogance
See also Boastfulness, Conceit, Egotism.
Artfulness (See CUNNING.)
traditional symbol of arrogance. [Gem Symbolism: Jobes, 81]
Arachne will eventually impose the living-wage ordinance citywide -- thereby affirming L.A.'s terrible reputation as anti-business.
Who will be cheering when L.A.'s workers find that the city has become a place of few jobs and opportunities?