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1993, LAANE is recognized as a national authority on issues affecting the
working poor and an innovator in the fight against working poverty. Combining a
vision of social justice with a practical approach to social change, LAANE has
helped set in motion a broad movement based on the principle that hard work
deserves fair pay, good benefits and decent working conditions.
came to prominence by leading the effort to pass one of the country's first
living wage laws, raising wages for 15,000 workers. Following the living wage
victory, LAANE joined with a coalition of unions and clergy to form Respect at
LAX, dramatically improving wages and working conditions for thousands of
airport employees. LAANE also initiated the Santa Monica living wage movement,
which has raised wages and passed protective legislation for hundreds of workers
in the city's tourism industry.
"In 2001, LAANE launched its
new Accountable Development program, winning landmark agreements to ensure that
developers provide quality jobs and community benefits in exchange for public
subsidies. In 2004, LAANE took a leading role in defeating Wal-Mart's $1.5
million initiative campaign in Inglewood and helped pass the groundbreaking Los
Angeles Superstore Ordinance, giving communities more control over the
construction of big box stores.
"LAANE and its leadership
have received numerous honors, including awards from the Mayor of Los Angeles,
the Speaker of the California Assembly, the UCLA School of Law and the Los
Angeles Roman Catholic Archdiocese."