McDonald's, Burger King Trips May Soon Cost More

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Under a newly enacted measure to enhance fast-food sector compensation and working conditions in a major state, your burger and fries may cost more in the future.

The bill faces industry criticism and may be litigated for months or years.

A 10-member council of fast food sector leaders, employees, and government officials sets minimum salary and training criteria.

It would let the panel determine minimum salaries of up to $22 an hour.

Local government attempts to boost low-wage worker salaries have had substantial effect.

Seattle's minimum wage was raised to $15 in 2014. $15 an hour was ridiculed at the time, but it's now a standard in many towns and states.

Since 2009, the federal minimum wage has been $7.25 per hour.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the newest state measure this month.

He said the bill will give fast-food employees a better voice and seat at the table to determine fair salaries and health and safety regulations.

Bill sponsors say more than 500,000 people work in fast food throughout the state.

Dan Walters of Cal Matters noted that restaurant sector organisations have begun a signature campaign to reverse the regulation.

The International Franchise Association said the bill may boost California restaurant pricing by 20%.

It says the franchise business model "represents a critical road to realising the American Dream while simultaneously producing employment, money, and opportunity for their nearby communities."

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