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California Approves $20/hr Minimum Wage for Fast Food Workers



Clear Facts:

  • 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.

We want to know what you think! Share your thoughts in the comments below.





  1. stan stuart

    October 2, 2023 at 6:43 am

    More money to buy Wacky Weed? How could you go wrong .Thank you Governor Newsom for being a real Pal !

  2. Dio

    October 2, 2023 at 6:47 am

    Just means California needs more tax $$$.

    What better way to increase tax revenues than to disguise it as a benefit through increased wages.

    • John

      October 2, 2023 at 7:01 am

      It’s time to boycott the insanity of this Marxist power drunk new scum nukum dictator piece of garbage.Enjoy what’s coming next, fools. I won’t pay into it.

  3. Promptjock

    October 2, 2023 at 7:03 am

    With this announcement, UNEMPLOYMENT in California will “skyrocket” as McD’s implements ROBOTICS to do the cooking or CLOSES locations to maintain profitability (i.e., the ability to MAKE MONEY AND “PAY TAXES”).

    Watch for other “Food Service” providers in California follow after McD’s “footsteps”.

    It’s called “Law of ‘Unintended’ Consequences'”….

  4. Sam Sontheimer

    October 2, 2023 at 7:54 am

    Another nail in the coffin of California. Newsom is such an idiot when are you people going to wake up in that state?

  5. Timothy Howell Sr

    October 2, 2023 at 8:18 am

    I was in a McDonald’s just yesterday. I ordered a triple cheeseburger. Luckily we were eating in. It came with 2 patties of meat. I took it back up to the register and asked the young lady, isn’t a triple cheeseburger supposed to have 3 patties of meat? With confused looked on her face she says. “Ummm, I’ll have to ask. There’s your $20/hour worker! You can’t make this up.

    • Les

      October 2, 2023 at 8:28 am

      Put my bother out of business $20.00 a dishwasher, hostess and on

  6. Donald

    October 2, 2023 at 9:21 am

    I fail to see how raising the minimum wage to $20. per hour will increase worker safety–as stated in the above article!

  7. 3Xe1ioaiNITxtqNW5CaZEzpxpY4ggtEQJVxO4x0v98I=

    October 2, 2023 at 10:27 am

    well the cost of the burgers and fries will also go UP
    and AI taking over many jobs
    so McDs will only have a hand full of real people working
    but does that include benefits like sick vacation holiday pay
    looks good but the CEO will still make his million(S)
    only going to affect the consumer AGAIN
    and his voting scam again

  8. MikefromTexas

    October 2, 2023 at 11:42 am

    Guess more robots will be installed and hamburgers will cost $10.

  9. Fred Calim

    October 2, 2023 at 11:45 am

    Why eat fast food, when you can eat at a restaurant for the same cost or lower. Looks like another Bush Light problem happening. Voters never learn and keep voting Democrats in and keep paying the price of higher taxes to support the giveaways to fence jumpers and blacks. Companies moving out and jobs are loss. Good job, Moron Gavin. You’ll go down in history as being the first idiot to bankrupt a state.

  10. Scott

    October 2, 2023 at 1:03 pm

    Near total automation is coming. There’ll be a manager and someone overseeing the drive-thru and probably someone else to oversee the register and dining area. All the other current employees will have their hours cut until they quit, and will be largely unemployable afterwards.

  11. Jeremy

    October 2, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Think about this for moment. Newsom is the most likely Democratic Presidential candidate after the Washington Democrats finally admit that Biden can’t win another election. Not even against the evil orange man.

  12. Pame

    October 2, 2023 at 8:49 pm

    Haha…Demon(c)rats will destroy this country! See?! it’s already starting! Yet,the idjuts keep voting him in, again and again! Remember the definition of insanity? (doing the same thing over and over,expecting different results!) California is the no.1 expert in that affliction. You cant make this stuff up!

  13. Ken

    October 12, 2023 at 5:21 pm

    What good is a higher minimum wage if workers get laid off? McDonalds is replacing employees with self-order kiosks. Now they’re planning total robotic restaurants. Walmart has only one live cashier and a bunch of self-checkout scanners. Likewise for Target, Home Dept, and Five Below.

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