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California approves landmark bill to give fast-food workers more power

California approves landmark bill to give fast-food workers more power

New fast-food council will give half a million employees more power and protections, over objections of restaurant owners


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California lawmakers approved a nation-leading measure that would give more than half a million fast-food workers more power and protections, over the objections of restaurant owners who warn it would drive up consumers’ costs.

The bill will create a new 10-member Fast Food Council with equal numbers of workers’ delegates and employers’ representatives, along with two state officials, empowered to set minimum standards for wages, hours and working conditions in California.

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