Over Labor Day, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a nation-leading measure that promises to give more than a half-million fast food workers in California more protection.
Assembly Bill 257 created a new ten-member Fast Food Council with equal numbers of workers’ delegates and employers’ representatives, and two state officials who are authorized to set minimum standards for wages, hours, and working conditions in California.
The bill grew out of a union movement to boost the minimum wage, as a study it commissioned said California’s fast-food workers are paid nearly $3 an hour less — or nearly $6,000 less a year — than workers in comparable service-sector jobs across the state.
A late amendment capped any minimum wage increase for fast food workers at chains with more than 100 restaurants at $22 an hour next year, compared with the statewide minimum of $15.50 an hour, with cost-of-living increases thereafter.
Co-author of the bill, and Los Angeles Assemblymember, Miguel Santiago said the measure would create “a system of fairness and respect for over 550,000 frontline fast-food workers throughout California while ensuring fast food businesses continue to thrive.”
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