Save Local Restaurants, a restaurant and industry group focused on upending a California law that will set wages for fast-food workers, has garnered 1 million signatures in its quest to stall the law that takes effect in 2023.
The group is aiming to stop the legislation, known as the FAST Recovery Act, by putting it on the 2024 legislative ballot for public vote, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The ballot effort required just over 600,000 signatures.
The signatures are being reviewed by the secretary of state for verification. The Act, which takes effect Jan. 1, could establish the minimum wage at a rate as high as $22 an hour for fast-food employees. If the ballot initiative proves valid it would put the law on hold for about two years.
As previously reported, the law, signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in September, would also create a state-run labor council that would play a role in worker pay and conditions.