Groundbreaking California fast-food law heads to statewide referendum and big political fight

Posted on AllSides January 25th, 2023
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In a big victory for the fast-food industry, California's secretary of state on Tuesday said that enough signatures were collected to trigger a statewide referendum on the landmark Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act.

Why it matters: The law, AB 257, was hailed as groundbreaking by labor advocates as a way to improve working conditions in the fast-food industry when it was signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in September.

It would establish a council to set industrywide health and safety standards, and potentially set a fast-food minimum wage as...

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