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“Why the City of Ontario Needs to Raise the Minimum Wage: Earnings Among Warehouse Workers in Inland Southern California”

Ellen Reese, Juliann Allison, and Joel Herrera

July 1, 2015

Economic Justice, Publications, Policy Brief


The warehouse industry is especially concentrated in the City of Ontario where a regional airport and several major freeways are located. As of 2013, a total of 338 warehouses were located in the city. While most of these warehouses employed less than 250 workers each, ten of them employed 250 or more workers each and several employed at least 1,000. This brief summarizes the results of a recent survey developed by researchers affiliated with University of California, Riverside (UCR) to fill this gap, and to provide a more complete understanding of wages and working conditions among Inland Southern California’s blue-collar warehouse workers.

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