Fast Food Companies Spending Millions To Block Wage Hike

Next year is going to be very crucial for fast food workers when they’re going to vote on a referendum that could change their lives completely.

The measure known as the FAST Act will essentially raise the fast food workers’ wages in the nation’s largest state to $22/hour. The measure was signed by California Governor Gavin Newsom and was set to go into effect on January 1.

On Tuesday, California’s state secretary announced that a petition to stop its implementation had gathered enough signatures to qualify for the 2024 election ballot.

According to CNN, major fast food companies like Chipotle, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, McDonald’s, In-N-Out Burger, and KFC owner Yum! Brands are against the measure’s implementation. Each of them donated $1 million to Save Local Restaurants, a coalition opposing the law.

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Other fast food companies are also spending millions to stop the law’s implementation. The law is the first of its kind in America and is being closely watched by industry experts and employees. 

Other fast food companies are also spending millions to stop the law’s implementation. The law is the first of its kind in America and is being closely watched by industry experts and employees. 

California’s fast food industry currently employs more than 550,000 people, with 60% of it being women.

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