California: Fast Food Worker Bill

The California Legislature has passed a bill to create a panel that will decide hourly wages for the half-million fast-food workers residing in the state, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The bill, also dubbed the Fast Act, would put members on the panel who have been appointed by the governor and legislative leaders and consist of workers, union representatives, employers and business advocates.

“We’re looking to give workers a voice on the job, and for workers in the fast-food industry, which will continue to try to organize, it’s tough,” former legislator and original author of the bill, Lorena Gonzales, said. “They’ve never had a voice on the job, and traditional organizing hasn’t worked.”