Fast-Food Corporations Call for Referendum Against Workers

Last year the California Legislature approved the Fast-Food Recovery Act, which would have created a council to improve wages and workplace standards statewide for fast-food workers. But, fast-food corporations lobbied to get the bill suspended by applying for a referendum to overturn the law.

California’s minimum wage for all workers is only $15.50. The Fast-Food Recovery Act would have allowed the council to raise the minimum hourly wage for fast-food workers to as high as $22.

Businesses opposing the Fast-Food Recovery Act donated millions to support the referendum effort. Now that the law has been suspended, state politicians are telling fast-food workers to wait for the November 2024 vote. But workers’ incomes and health are at stake now, and they should not have to wait.