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Garcetti backs law to help workers laid-off amid the coronavirus crisis get rehired

The proposed legislation, known as “the right-of-recall,” will be taken up at Wednesday’s emergency City Council meeting

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti expressed his support Tuesday, April 21, for a City Council proposal to give hospitality and tourism industry workers who were laid off during the novel coronavirus pandemic the ability to get first dibs on the jobs they lost when the economy reopens.

The proposed legislation, known as “the right-of-recall,” will be taken up at Wednesday’s emergency City Council meeting beginning at 10 a.m.. It has faced opposition from employers, a hotel industry group and an employer’s legal council that raised concerns the proposed law could be open to abuse.

Garcetti on Tuesday cited the struggles of tens of thousands of hotel workers, food service workers, airport services workers, janitors and security guards who have been laid off or furloughed, “and are now making ends meet.”

“Skilled workers need to be the first ones to be hired,” he said

“Those folks with decades of experience and seniority, who support families and communities, can’t be the victims when we get back to work, of people who are either newer or paid less being hired underneath them,” he said. “So, we need to protect them.”

“I will sign that as soon as it comes to my desk,” he said.