A NEW fast food law could have major changes to your favorite food chains – here’s what it means.

The “groundbreaking” law is aimed at raising wages and improving the working conditions for more than half a million fast-food workers.

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A new fast food law is hoping to raise wages and improve working conditions for millions of workers[/caption]

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If passed, employee wages could be raised as high as $22 an hour[/caption]

California’s Secretary of State, Shirley N Weber, announced on Tuesday that enough signatures were collected for a statewide referendum on the Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act.

More than 623,000 valid voter signatures were raised for the referendum to be placed on the November 5, 2024, election ballot. 

The law could create a 10-person council to set minimum wages and standards for hours and working conditions for fast food workers in the state. 

Opponents of the law have argued that it would drive up the cost of food and put a burden on owners of chain restaurant franchises. 

“We’re pleased that Californians will get the chance to exercise their constitutional right to vote on this law and will continue to support the operators, small business owners, and workers that make the restaurant industry so important to our customers’ lives,” said Sean Kennedy, the National Restaurant Association’s executive vice president for public affairs in a statement.

The law was temporarily blocked in December by a Sacramento County Superior Court judge.

If passed, the law would have raised employee wages to as high as $22 an hour by the end of this year for chains such as McDonald’s and Starbucks.

The current minimum wage in California is $15.50 an hour.

Advocates for and against the law are expected to spend millions to entice voters.

“Despite fast food corporations’ efforts to distort the referendum process, we know California voters see through their tricks,” said Mary Kay Henderson, President of the Service Employees International Union.

“No corporation is more powerful than half a million workers joining together to demand a seat at the table.”

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The current minimum wage in California is $15.50 an hour[/caption]

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The fate of the law is now in the hands of voters[/caption]

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