Half a million California workers will get $20 minimum wage, starting today

Some half a million workers in California are getting a big bump up in pay.

The state’s minimum wage for fast-food employees jumps to $20 an hour on Monday, giving many a raise of 25% from just last week. The law affects some of the biggest restaurant chains — McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, KFC, Subway, Starbucks — and local franchisees have raised alarms about the increase in labor costs.

Fast-food jobs are among the lowest-paying in the U.S. economy, where wages have been growing in recent years, after stagnating for decades. The workers are often women, immigrants and people of color; many live below the poverty line.

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Article URL : https://www.npr.org/2024/04/01/1241743207/california-fast-food-workers-20-minimum-wage-april