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No Unemployment Benefits for Striking Workers in CA & $20 Minimum Wage for CA Fast Food Workers

October 06, 2023 (1 min read)

CA Gov Nixes Unemployment Benefits for Striking Workers

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) vetoed a bill (SB 799) that would have allowed striking workers to receive unemployment benefits. The governor stated in his veto message that such an expansion of unemployment benefits would make California’s unemployment trust fund “vulnerable to insolvency.” The fund is already expected to be about $20 billion in debt by the end of this year. (LOS ANGELES TIMES)

CA Enacts Nation-Leading $20 Minimum Wage for Fast-Food Workers

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed legislation (AB 1228) that will increase the minimum wage for fast food workers in the state to $20 per hour on April 1, 2024.

Newsom said the legislation involved over 100 hours of negotiations. As part of the deal unions are dropping their effort to make fast food companies liable for the wrongdoings of their independent franchisees in the state, and industry groups are pulling their planned 2024 referendum on fast food worker wages.

California’s new rate will be the highest guaranteed base salary for fast food workers in the nation. The state already has the highest minimum wage for all other workers, at $15.50 per hour. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

—Compiled by SNCJ Managing Editor KOREY CLARK

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