On Labor Day, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, signed into law the FAST Recovery Act, one of the most important pro-worker bills in decades. The new law has the potential to transform the fast-food industry—the quintessential low-wage, high-turnover sector—into an industry with decent jobs that pay well and offer good benefits. Perhaps even more importantly, the law develops a model that empowers workers and has the potential to remake low-wage work in industries around the country.
The FAST Recovery Act gives workers a seat at the table with their bosses—both franchisees and brand-name franchisors—as well as with government regulators in a council that will help set workplace standards on issues such as wages, safety and training. This will improve the jobs of hundreds of thousands of fast-food workers in California – a disproportionately female and Hispanic workforce – and create a path for change in other industries.
The above excerpt was originally published in Route Fifty. Click here to view the full article.
The positions of American Progress, and our policy experts, are independent, and the findings and conclusions presented are those of American Progress alone. A full list of supporters is available here. American Progress would like to acknowledge the many generous supporters who make our work possible.
Senior Fellow; Senior Adviser, American Worker Project