California Raises Minimum Wage For Fast Food Workers To $20 Per Hour
A new law in California will increase the minimum wage for fast food workers to $20 per hour next year.
Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom signed the law at an event in Los Angeles, where he was met with cheers from workers and labor leaders. I Photo: California Governor Facebook
This move reflects the acknowledgment by the state's Democratic leaders that the majority of this often-overlooked workforce serves as the primary earners for their low-income households, Adam Beam reported for the Associated Press (AP),
Starting on April 1, the fast food workers in California will have the highest guaranteed base wage in the industry. The state's minimum wage for all other workers is already set at $15.50 per hour, making it one of the highest in the United States.
Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom signed this law at an event in Los Angeles, where he was met with cheers from workers and labor leaders.
Governor Newsom challenged the popular perception that fast food jobs are primarily for teenagers gaining their first work experience. He stated, "That's a romanticized version of a world that doesn't exist. We have the opportunity to reward that contribution, reward that sacrifice, and stabilize an industry."