Restaurants File for Referendum to Stop California’s New Fast Food Worker Law

AB 257 is a bill marketed as helping kids get better wages, benefits and working conditions—by having the STATE take over from fast food place owners those responsibilities.  In fact, now if you invest in a fast food place, you risk the money and the State (socialism) runs your business.

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What was not mentioned is that by having the State take over these businesses, the 556,000 workers will now be forced to pay bribes to unions if they want to work.  In other words, this is a massive money grabe by unions from low wage workers—without asking permission.  Need more proof California is a Fascist State?

Restaurants File for Referendum to Stop California’s New Fast Food Worker Law

‘As a result of backroom politicking, Governor Newsom has signed a lie into law’

By Evan Symon, California Globe,  9/8/22    

A coalition of restaurant owners began the first steps toward blocking the recently signed AB 257 law on Wednesday, California’s new fast food worker law, by filing a referendum request with the California Attorney General.

The AB 257 law, authored by Assemblyman Chris Holden (D-Los Angeles), will create a Fast Food Council of 10 members comprised of worker’s delegates, employer’s representatives and state officials and would set minimum wages, working conditions, and set hours for fast food employees in the state. Many proponents have zeroed in on the notion that wages could rise to as high as $22 an hour under the law.

However, many restaurant and franchise groups greatly opposed AB 257, noting that restaurants would be hit unfairly hard by the bill, with many being more likely to close due to the industry still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic and recent economic troubles, as well as increased prices due to supply chain delays and an industry-wide worker shortage.

The coalition of restaurants, known as the Protect Neighborhood Restaurants, saw AB 257 as the straw that would break the camels back and moved on Wednesday. Should the referendum request be accepted, it could lead to at least a temporary delay of AB 257. If then enough signatures are received by the signature gathering deadline, the bill would be further delayed from coming into effect until the election, which would likely be in November 2024. Officially, opponents of AB 257 will need to get more than 600,000 signatures, or roughly 5% of the total votes cast for Governor in the 2018 election.

On Wednesday, the coalition, which is supported by the International Franchise Association, the National Restaurant Association, and numerous other small businesses and organizations, spoke out against the bill during their referendum announcement.

“The law will raise consumer costs, isn’t needed, and will create a fractured economy with different regulations for different types of restaurants,” Protect Neighborhood Restaurants said. “As a result of backroom politicking, Governor Newsom has signed a lie into law and maligned all of California’s quick service small businesses and local franchisees as bad employers.”

Other restaurant owners also praised the referendum action, including LA restaurant owner Miguel Hernandez Jr.

“They keep squeezing us and squeezing us,” said Hernandez to the Globe on Wednesday. “We have to stand up and say that this isn’t right. It’s going to really be hard to work out wages and and everything when there are no more restaurants left to do that against.”

Supporters of the new law were surprised at the coalitions actions on Wednesday, saying that the industry is trying to block the workers out of something they had just won.

“It is saddening that the industry is looking for a way out of providing a seat at the table amongst all stakeholders,” noted Assemblyman Holden. “The workers make the multi-billion fast food industry possible and giving equal representation of employees and employers is the recipe for sustainable, long-term growth in an inclusive manner.”

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California President David Huerta added that “Restaurant chains are attempting to overthrow cooks and cashiers’ historic victory. Instead of pouring money to suppress the voices of Black and Latino cooks and cashiers, fast-food corporations should sit down and listen to them.”

An announcement of if the petition is accepted is due soon.

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Comments

  1. Rico Lagattuta says

    There is some good that can come out of all of this. When a Quarter Pounder go up to $10, add fries and soda drink to bring the total to $18 people may once again take out the Grill Gloves and Pot holders and cook burgers and fries at home. Include the kids in the defrosting and cooking and you have quality family time.

  2. Newsom was promised MILLIONS for a presidential bid if he went along with the unionization of all fast-food workers.

    He doesn’t give a crapinahat about the workers, nor the industry which will suffer.

    The guy is a despicable, selfish jack ssa.

  3. Carl’s Jr. HQ moved to Texas a few years ago. Those who can go should go.

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