In California, fast food companies such as McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Subway decided to raise the minimum wage from the current $15 per hour to $20 per hour after negotiations with the employee union.
On the 11th (local time), the LA Times cited a source involved in negotiations between California labor and fast food companies and announced that the minimum wage for fast food restaurant workers will be raised to $20 per hour starting in April of next year, and a new consultative body will be established for future wage negotiations. It was reported that it was decided to organize. If a worker works 8 hours a day, he or she receives $160 (about 210,000 won).
The fight between the union and fast food companies has continued for about a year since September of last year. California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill ( AB257 ) that will allow the minimum wage for employees of fast food companies with more than 100 stores across the country to be raised up to $22 (about 30,000 won) starting next year . Fast food companies then strongly opposed the bill and pushed for a referendum that could invalidate the bill.
The state of California passed a series of laws favorable to workers안전놀이터, including a separate law allowing unions to hold fast food franchise headquarters legally responsible for violations of labor laws by fast food restaurant franchisees. By allowing industry-level bargaining, the power of the union became even stronger.
The fast food industry and labor union representatives, who had been fighting, finally set up a negotiating table this summer. In negotiations concluded last weekend, the two sides agreed to a compromise to avoid a referendum. The annual wage increase rate to be applied to fast food workers across the state or in a specific region can be determined at the lower of 3.5% or an increase based on the annual change in the consumer price index. The statewide minimum wage increase to $20 per hour is expected to affect more than 500,000 workers.