Los Angeles has become the largest city in the United States to approve a minimum wage increase to $15 per hour, following Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle.

The raise was approved by a vote of 14 to 1, and will affect over 800,000 city workers. The new law will be enacted in 2020.

Gradual wage hikes have been approved in recent years, such as the $10.50 minimum wage act beginning in 2016.

Los Angeles councilman Paul Krekorian who helped implement the bill, is confident that this will sustain Los Angeles' growing edge. “Make no mistake. Today the city of Los Angeles, the second biggest city in the nation, is leading the nation.”