California’s Fast Food Workers Go On Strike

by | Nov 17, 2022 | Bargaining/Negotiations, Industry, SEIU, States, Strikes, Unions

The Fast Food Accountability and Standards (FAST) Recovery Act continues to create turmoil across industries while restaurants will soon face a $22 minimum wage. Governor Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law, and effects could begin as soon as January 1, 2023, depending on how soon the newly installed council takes action.

The SEIU, of course, wants this all to happen very fast. Yet several industry leaders, including Starbucks and McDonald’s, are pushing for a referendum to overturn FAST. The leaders argue that FAST hands unprecedented power to a Fast Food Council, which could bypass existing mechanisms to negotiate on behalf of workers like a union.

The ongoing battle led Sacramento fast food workers to go on strike this week to protest the circulation of petitions meant to push that referendum in the state attorney general’s direction. However, FAST opponents maintain that a massive minimum wage hike will cause irreparable financial strife to franchises and lead to job losses.

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