Fast meals staff in California will obtain a minimal wage of $20 (£16.36) from subsequent yr.
It is about to change into the very best assured base wage within the business – and the present minimal hourly fee of $15.50 (£12.68) was already one of many greatest within the nation.
By comparability, a typical quick meals employee within the US made $13.43 (£10.99) an hour final yr.
Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom signed the regulation surrounded by cheering staff, and dismissed assumptions that quick meals jobs are meant for youngsters in search of expertise.
“That’s a romanticised version of a world that doesn’t exist,” he stated. “We have the opportunity to reward that contribution, reward that sacrifice and stabilise an industry.”
The new minimal wage comes into impact from April and applies to eating places with at the very least 60 places nationwide.
On a full-time foundation, this might equate to a yearly wage of $41,600 (£34,000) – with 550,000 individuals working at 30,000 quick meals shops throughout the state.
A brand new council can be being established that may have the ability to enhance this hourly fee by a most of three.5% yearly between now and 2029.
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Politicians in California at the moment are setting their sights on different industries, and have handed a invoice that might steadily enhance the minimal wage for healthcare staff to $25 (£20.46) an hour.
In different sectors, the federal minimal wage has been unchanged at $7.25 (£5.93) an hour since 2009 – that is $15,080 (£12,340) a yr for somebody who works 40 hours every week.