- A new law in California will implement a $20 per hour minimum wage for fast food workers.
- This wage is set to be in effect from April 1 of next year for employees at restaurants with at least 60 locations nationwide.
- Governor Gavin Newsom states this step is towards “fairer wages, safer and healthier working conditions,” specifically for over 500,000 fast-food workers in California.
The Golden State has rolled out yet another legislation aiming to give a financial boost to fast food workers. The newly approved law has marked up the minimum wage to a whopping $20 per hour, a notable increase considering the average hourly wage for fast-food workers last year was $16.21.
This shift in financial norms is not isolated to fast-food chains. Currently, non-fast food workers in California are already earning a minimum of $15.50 per hour, positioning the state as one of the highest bearers of minimum wage in the country.
This law further introduces a council with the authority to elevate this wage annually until 2029, tethered to either a 3.5% increase or alterations in the U.S. Consumer Price Index for urban and clerical workers.
Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, voiced his support for this legal advancement, highlighting that “California is home to more than 500,000 fast-food workers who — for decades — have been fighting for higher wages and better working conditions.”
He perceives this as a stride towards achieving “fairer wages, safer and healthier working conditions, and better training” for these workers.
The law’s implementation is on the horizon, slated to commence on April 1 of the upcoming year. It will encompass all employees stationed at fast-food entities operating at least 60 outlets across the United States. However, eateries producing and vending their own bread are poised to be exceptions to this rule.
This legislative act comes in the wake of Newsom’s recent sanctioning of a bill imposing an 11% excise tax on firearms and ammunition within the state, a move intended to funnel funds into school safety initiatives.
It seems the Democratic governor is stringing a series of policies with national implications, with this wage hike adding another thread to his expanding tapestry of reforms, particularly in the realms of fast food and gun policy.
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