This will cost Anaheim over 4,000 jobs.

(Sources: City Council agenda and accompanying reports, item #23 on May 14, 2013, & item #24 on July 12, 2016)

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Recently, unions filed an initiative that would require Anaheim to have the highest minimum wage in the nation. The $18/hour mandated wage unfairly targets certain Anaheim businesses, and as a result of this proposal, Anaheim residents stand to lose hundreds of millions of dollars of tax revenue.

This initiative is a JOB KILLER. Don’t be fooled.

While the proponents of this measure want you to believe that it targets only certain businesses, the reality is that it is drafted in a way that would allow it to expand to many more businesses in the Resort District and eventually be expanded to all employers in Anaheim.

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Get The Facts. This initiative will:

  • Impact Anaheim’s ability to attract future economic development and investment.
  • Decrease taxes paid by Anaheim businesses which support vital services for Anaheim residents.
  • Increase the minimum wage to $18/hr. in 2022, the highest in the nation, and include automatic increases each year thereafter regardless of inflation or recession.​ (​Yes, Anaheim would soon have an extreme minimum mandated wage of $20/hr. or more within a few years!)
  • Cause employers to eliminate positions, convert full time workers to part time workers, and replace workers with automation.

This has been tried before. It hasn't benefitted workers.

  • In 2008, Los Angeles adopted a higher minimum wage just for airport hotels around LAX. In the six years after that adoption, employment at LAX hotels dropped by 10% even though occupancy and the number of guests increased.
  • Over the same period, employment at hotels in the rest of Los Angeles rose by 12%. In other words, employment at the hotels subject to the mandated higher wage dropped 22% relative to hotels not subject to the mandate.
  • According to a University of Washington ​study, when Seattle enacted a $15 per hour minimum wage, workers ​saw reduced hours and less take-home pay than before the increase.
  • The report also projected that there are about 5,000 fewer jobs in Seattle than there would have been without the law.

Join the coalition opposing this job-killing initiative

  • Anaheim City Council Member Lucille Kring
  • Anaheim City Council Member Kris Murray
  • Former Anaheim Mayor Pro Tem Harry Sidhu
  • Anaheim City Council Candidate Sergio Gonzalez
  • Anaheim City Council Candidate Trevor O’Neil
  • Agency 51
  • Best Western PLUS Anaheim Inn
  • Best Western Stovall’s Inn
  • Caisteal Builders Inc.
  • Clear Motivations
  • Control Air
  • Desert Palm Hotel & Suites
  • The Disneyland Resort
  • Export Coatings & Graphics
  • Fire & Ice
  • Grand Legacy At The Park
  • Hyatt House at Anaheim Resort
  • Pizza Press
  • Prospera Hotels, Inc.
  • Rainforest Café
  • SA Recycling
  • SRH Mgmng
  • Splitsville Lanes
  • Stanford Inn & Suites Anaheim
  • Tropicana Inn & Camelot
  • Wincome Management & Development
  • Yellow Cab Co.

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What They’re Saying

“The direct and ripple effects of an $18 minimum wage would be a disaster for businesses large and small in the Resort area, forcing many employers to cut back on hours for their employees, or even resulting in eliminated jobs.

This will also drastically change investment models for employers looking at Anaheim and impact the city’s ability to attract businesses and create jobs.

That would harm the very same hardworking people that the union leaders are claiming to be acting on behalf of, including many employees and small business owners in Anaheim’s multiethnic community.”

Todd AmentPresident/CEO, Anaheim Chamber of Commerce

“An $18 minimum wage would have a devastating impact on restaurants and lead to an untold amount of job loss and reduction in work hours among people who rely on jobs at many businesses in Anaheim. Orange County has a very high cost of living – and it should be addressed.

This proposal doesn’t solve that problem. And, it ignores the fact that California’s minimum wage, one of the highest in the country, is set to rise statewide by 36 percent between now and 2022.

This move is a careless use of taxpayer dollars, money that will be spent on an effort that unions must know is a legal dead end: the ballot measure’s language regarding service charges presents Constitutional problems and is sure to be struck down by a court – if voters approve the measure at all.”

California Restaurant Association

“The California Chamber of Commerce strongly opposes this initiative which proposes an $18 per hour mandated minimum wage for selected employers in Anaheim.

If passed, this initiative would impose the single, highest minimum wage anywhere in the nation and drive investment out of Anaheim, which already faces stiff competition for tourism both nationally and internationally.

Governor Brown and the California Legislature already put in place a multiyear plan that will substantially raise the minimum wage throughout the state.

This initiative is not just bad for Anaheim — it is bad for all of California because it will hurt tourism in our state.”

California Chamber of Commerce

“As the destination marketing organization for Anaheim, we are always mindful of any development that impacts the experience of more than 24 million visitors that come to the City of Anaheim every year.

Anaheim is a top tier leisure and convention destination with nearly 25,000 hotel rooms at varying rates, designed to fit a variety of budgets.

We are deeply concerned that this proposal will impact the Anaheim Resort community and thousands of jobs at the various hotels, restaurants and attractions.

Our community benefits directly from industry jobs and valuable services that positively impact their day-to-day lives – and we want to make sure those jobs and services are available moving forward.”

Visit Anaheim

“The National Restaurant Association supports public policies that strengthen and enhance the business climate and opportunities for employees. However, this ballot proposal would do just the opposite. Despite statewide legislation that raises Anaheim’s minimum wage to $15 per hour still phasing in, labor unions are now pushing an initiative that would arbitrarily mandate an $18 per hour minimum wage for certain businesses but not for others. This proposal would have a negative impact on the local economy and job creation for Anaheim workers.”

Cicely SimpsonExecutive Vice President, Public Affairs, National Restaurant Association