California Fast Food Workers Win BIG: $20/Hour Minimum Wage! 

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new bill into law, raising the minimum wage for fast food workers to $20 per hour.

This marks a significant victory for fast food workers and follows years of activism and 450 strikes since 2020.

The new minimum wage law will take effect on April 1, 2024.

The $20 minimum wage surpasses the state's general minimum wage of $15.50 per hour.

Currently, California fast food workers earn an average of $16.60 per hour, which is below the poverty line for a family of four.

In addition to the wage increase, the bill establishes a fast food council comprising representatives from the industry and labor.

The council will have the authority to further raise the minimum wage and set standards for working conditions, similar to sectoral bargaining 

seen in Europe. The bill is a compromise version of a more contentious law, AB 257, which initially proposed a $22 minimum wage.

Lobbyists opposed AB 257, leading to delays and the potential for a statewide referendum, which was later dropped.The compromise bill reflects a

 rare cooperative effort between union leaders and industry representatives, setting a precedent for future negotiations in labor relations.