Bill intended to give fast-food employees more rights, but critics worry about the impact on businesses

The bill, which could be considered by the state Senate in the coming weeks, aims to empower fast-food workers, but critics claim the industry’s overreach could harm businesses and customers.

Assembly Bill 257aka the Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act or the Fast Recovery Act, will make a 13-person council Consisting of industry representatives – including fast-food workers – who will set standards for wages and working conditions.

“AB 257 creates minimum standards for wages and working conditions, workers are fired for organizing and setting up regional events with the Fast Food Workers Council. It is not bureaucratic, but rather involves employees in a process What has always impressed them. For the costs being promoted, consumers are willing to pay for ethics in day-to-day operations and we have seen consumers drive effective sustainability policies like AB 257,” The bill’s author, Pasadena Assembly member Chris Holden, said in a statement provided to KTLA.

It will hold corporations such as McDonald’s and Subway legally responsible for ensuring that franchisees comply with health and safety laws.

David Lazarus, consumer expert at KTLA, said, “This is a way to close a gap between franchisees who typically run multiple restaurants in any given market and corporate parents who distance themselves from the practices of franchising. ”

Lazarus argues that the industry has noticed wage theft and security concerns, which may indicate that some oversight is needed.

“If the industry isn’t able to deliver goods for its employees and customers, that’s why you have regulation,” he said.

Fast-food workers go on strike in support of the bill at the end of last year And again in june,

Although trade groups are not convinced, some critics believe the bill will increase food costs, raising prices for consumers.

“This is probably one of the more alarming bills we’ve seen in a long time,” argued California Restaurant Association CEO Jot Condi.

Condi also believes the industry doesn’t need as much oversight.

“Quick service restaurants are one of the more compliant business categories in California … California already has some of the most protective worker protection laws and regulations in the country,” Condi said.

Restaurant owners and operators are also concerned, including Blair Salisbury of El Cholo Cafe in Pasadena, which had plans to expand into the fast-food market by franchising 19 Daddy’s Chicken Shack locations.

“People don’t realize our industry is the struggle we’re going through, even before COVID,” Salisbury said.

The bill, passed in the assembly in January, is expected to be read on the floor of the Senate next week. If it passes, Salisbury said he could move his chicken elsewhere.

“Maybe this is something that we will consider, moving to another state,” he said.

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