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Landmark legislation to protect fast-food workers passes State Assembly

The invoice would set up a council tasked with establishing statewide minimal requirements on wages, hours, security and dealing circumstances for fast-food workers.

SAN DIEGO — Ground-breaking legislation to assist protect greater than half 1,000,000 fast-food workers in California received the inexperienced gentle Monday by the State Assembly. 

The invoice would supply workers of franchise eating places a voice in setting requirements for wages, security, coaching and work circumstances.

Former San Diego Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez, who will quickly head the California Labor Federation, initially authored this legislation to protect quick meals workers, which is the primary of its form in the whole nation.

“It’s a way to shed some light on an area that has long needed it,” stated Democratic Assembly Member Chris Holden, a former franchisee who’s now taken the lead on this measure, including that this legislation provides a voice to hundreds of workers who’ve lengthy lacked illustration.

“Their jobs are held over their head if they say anything, so they’re put in a really difficult position,” he added. 

AB 257, also known as the “FAST Recovery Act,” would create a fast-food sector council: an 11-person board appointed by the governor that would come with not solely franchisees, franchisors and state businesses, however fast-food workers, and their advocates, as nicely.

“This approach — by designing this council — gives them a seat at the table, gives them an opportunity to have a voice,” Holden stated. 

The council would set up statewide minimal requirements on wages, hours, coaching, security and dealing circumstances. The legislature would even have time to overrule the council’s laws earlier than they take impact.

BREAKING: Landmark #AB257, which might create a Fast Food Sector Council, enabling 550,000+ workers like us to empower ourselves to maintain our employers accountable and create business requirements, has formally PASSED the California Assembly!

Next step: The State Senate!#CALeg pic.twitter.com/z7iAG4CO0B

— Fight For 15 (@fightfor15) January 31, 2022

“Today was a show that workers will be prioritized,” stated Joseph Bryant, president of SEIU 1021. “It was a huge day!”

Bryant stated that he hopes that this landmark legislation will likely be replicated all through the nation, “because these workers have faced some of the most challenging conditions  through the pandemic and even prior to the pandemic.”

Strong critics of the invoice, together with the California Restaurant Association and the International Franchise Association, have stated that this measure would have a chilling impact on franchise companies, particularly as they fight to recuperate economically from the pandemic.

“It just drives entire franchises and franchise brands away from California,” stated Republican Assembly Member Kelly Seyarto.

“There’s no indication that that would necessarily be the outcome,” Holden countered. 

Backers of the invoice stated it supplies a vital platform for greater than half 1,000,000 workers who’ve lengthy been silenced, “ensuring that their voice is heard,” in accordance to Holden.

This legislation now goes to the State Senate for its vote.

AB 257, would create the primary Fast Food Sector Council. See beneath full press launch 👇 #CALeg #fastfood #fastfoodrecovery #equity #systemicchange https://t.co/WN1vmXIPTF pic.twitter.com/k5mrqRR7cS

— Chris Holden (@ChrisHoldenInformation) February 1, 2022