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California Moves To Give Fast Food Workers More Power, Heeding ‘Fight For $15’

  • Labor leader calls Senate passage of bill ‘watershed moment’
  • Assembly gets final vote, then bill goes to Newsom for signing
Supporters of the bill march outside the state Capitol in Sacramento, on Aug. 16. 

Supporters of the bill march outside the state Capitol in Sacramento, on Aug. 16. 

Photographer: Rich Pedroncelli/AP Photo

California’s Senate approved a bill offering fast food workers a role in regulating the industry, bringing the “Fight For $15” national labor campaign to the cusp of a landmark win.

The legislation, which must be sent back to the Assembly for final passage, establishes a process for wage and workplace standards to be set by a council, comprised of fast food employees, worker advocates, franchisors, franchisees and government officials. The bill also bans retaliation against fast food workers for raising safety issues. The Senate passed the measure with the minimum number of 21 votes on Monday.