Today, the Save Local Restaurants coalition released the following statement after submitting petition signatures to give voters the opportunity to protect Californians and local business owners from the damaging impacts of AB 257, or the FAST Act:
In response to today’s union protest activity, the Save Local Restaurants coalition released the following statement:
In response to attempts to invalidate voters’ rights to have a say on AB 257 before it becomes California law, the Save Local Restaurants Coalition released the following statement:
Restaurants, Franchisees Join Save Local Restaurants Coalition to Protect Workers, Consumers, and Local Business Owners from AB 257 Flaws
The Save Local Restaurants coalition released the following statement on the new disclosure of its funders
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Joins California Small Businesses to Protect Workers, Consumers, and Local Restaurant Owners from AB 257 Flaws
Before these repercussions hit the state, it is only right that California voters have a say in whether they must shoulder the burden of higher prices and job losses, as small businesses are forced to limit opportunities, lay off employees or close altogether.
A smarter approach would be to increase funding for agencies to enforce the state’s already strong labor laws. This could improve oversight and bolster workers’ rights without inflicting financial and regulatory burdens on small businesses.
A statewide minimum wage for a subset of workers would arbitrarily fragment California’s labor market, raise prices for consumers, and depress investment across the industry. The incentive to hire would fall and the return to automation would rise.
Restaurants will almost certainly be forced to raise prices to the extent they can to cover higher labor costs. But most fast-food customers aren’t wealthy, so some restaurants may reduce worker hours or lay off employees.
Once again, the California Legislature is forcing businesses to think twice before continuing to serve consumers in the Golden State. . . . Assembly Bill 257 (aka the “FAST Act”), would completely revamp the state’s labor rules surrounding the counter-serve “fast food” restaurant industry. Most alarmingly, the bill empowers an unelected, -member fast food sector council to set labor standards industry-wide.
Ron Ross, the owner of four Wendy’s restaurants in the Los Angeles area, called the bill “a solution in search of a problem.”
“There’s just not enough of a problem that we need this type of aggressive bill that would dramatically change how we do business,” said Ross, who has been a franchise owner for 30 years.