Pass the FAST Recovery Act

California State Legislature

For more than seven years, California’s fast-food workers have been joining together and speaking out to demand $15 an hour, union rights, and respect in the workplace.

They won $15 and paid sick leave statewide, but California fast-food workers are still denied a strong voice on the job. More than 70% of California's 556,000 fast-food workers are people of color; the industry’s workforce reflects the same Latinx, API and Black communities that have been hardest hit by the virus across our state.

For years, California fast-food workers have spoken out about employment violations like wage theft, sexual harassment, health and safety issues, and discrimination, yet large companies like McDonald’s have failed to take responsibility for such issues. Instead, California’s taxpayers have had to foot the bill for the fast-food industry’s failure to support its workforce.

Throughout the pandemic, California fast-food workers have staged over 200 strikes to make it clear that workers must have a seat at the table for the safety of themselves and the public.

California needs laws to enable fast-food workers to fully participate in setting and upholding health, safety and workplace standards in their industry. An empowered workforce, paired with policies to ensure that large fast food companies share responsibility for the employment, health, and safety conditions in their restaurants, is critical to reforming an industry that must do better by its workers and its customers.

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Our state government has the power to amplify workers’ voices, and must take action to create an industry-wide table where fast-food workers, employers, and the state can fix the rampant problems in fast food and hold giant corporations accountable for health, safety, and employment violations in their restaurants.

I support the Fast-food Accountability and Standards (FAST) Recovery Act. It’s time California legislators put power where it belongs: in the hands of workers. California needs laws to enable fast-food workers to fully participate in setting and upholding health, safety and workplace standards in their industry. And, it’s time large companies like McDonald’s are held accountable for the conditions facing workers in their restaurants. These are the changes we need to see to help build a more fair economy here in California. Our state can emerge from the COVID-19 crisis stronger than ever before, but only if Black and brown fast food workers have the opportunity to thrive.

Support the FAST Recovery Act.