L.A. Council Approves Pay Hike To Cover LAX Worker Health Benefits
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a proposal designed to help about 5,100 low-income workers at Los Angeles International Airport access health insurance, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The measure would require employers to pay airport service workers either $14.80 per hour or $10.30 per hour with an additional $4.50 health insurance contribution (Weikel, Los Angeles Times, 9/10).
The proposal would not require workers receiving the higher wage to purchase health insurance (Orlov, Torrance Daily Breeze, 9/9).
Most of the affected employees work for private contractors that provide staff for aircraft cabin cleaners, baggage handlers, janitors, security personnel and skycaps (Los Angeles Times, 9/10).
Currently, about 3,100 LAX workers and their dependents have no health insurance and about 2,000 qualify for public health care, according to the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (Torrance Daily Breeze, 9/9).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.