With This Fast-Food Bill, California Could Help All Essential Workers

With This Fast-Food Bill, California Could Help All Essential Workers

With This Fast-Food Bill, California Could Help All Essential Workers

Gavin Newsom may have a chance to prove his commitment to the working class.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Each week we cross-post an excerpt from Katrina vanden Heuvel’s column at the WashingtonPost.com. Read the full text of Katrina’s column here.

Amid what looks like the largest labor organizing movement since the Great Depression, California lawmakers are considering legislation that would bolster protections for hundreds of thousands of the state’s frontline workers—and set a national standard for how our government advocates for the working class.

The Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act, or the Fast Recovery Act, would create a state-appointed council of workers, employers and state agencies that would collaborate to improve working conditions, benefits and wages for California’s 550,000 fast-food workers. The measure passed the state Assembly earlier this year (by one vote!), and appears likely to clear the Senate and reach Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk.

Led by the Service Employees International Union and Fight for $15 and a Union, more than 100 organizations and unions have endorsed the legislation. So have five cities and counties, including Los Angeles and San Francisco. Earlier this month, Democratic Representative Ro Khanna and seven of his colleagues in the California delegation in the US House urged Newsom to support the act.

Read the full text of Katrina’s column here.

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