Newsom Signs Law Protecting Fast Food Workers

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California Governor Newsom signed a bill that could potentially raise wages, power, and protection for more than 500,000 fast food workers.

The law created the Fast Food Council, which will have the power to set minimum standards for wages, hours, and working conditions in California.

The council will be made up of ten members including state officials, fast food workers, and franchisees.

In contrast to the statewide minimum pay of $15.50 an hour, the law caps minimum wage increases for fast food workers at chains with more than 100 restaurants at $22 an hour next year, with costs of living increasing beyond that.

Not everyone is pleased with Newsom’s decision, many restaurant owners warned it would increase menu prices.

“Today’s action gives hardworking fast-food workers a stronger voice and seat at the table to set fair wages and critical health and safety standards across the industry. I’m proud to sign this legislation on Labor Day when we pay tribute to the workers who keep our state running as we build a stronger, more inclusive economy for all Californians,” said Newsom.

Sacramento recently passed a law giving fast food workers more say in their wages, working conditions and hours. Nikki Medoro talks with callers and interacts with texters who weigh in with their thoughts on how this will affect their personal economies.

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