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Workers at private hospitals and dialysis clinics in Inglewood are poised to get a wage increase, with a measure to boost their minimum wage to $25 remaining ahead as election results continued to be tallied this week.
The wage measure was championed by the healthcare workers’ union SEIU-UHW, which has argued that pay increases are critical to retaining workers who have felt devalued during the COVID-19 pandemic. The union has been hoping that local measures in L.A. County cities such as Inglewood could pave the way for a statewide increase in wages.
“We’re thrilled that Inglewood voters recognize and value the sacrifices made by essential healthcare workers,” certified nursing assistant Martha Alvarez said in a statement released by SEIU-UHW on Tuesday. “Raising wages is not only fair, but it will help attract more workers to Inglewood and help patients get the care they need.”
The Inglewood measure, Measure HC, had garnered more than 53% of the vote as of the latest tallies. In Duarte, however, a similar measure backed by SEIU-UHW was faltering, with 63% voting no on Measure J in the results that had been counted as of Monday afternoon.