McDonald's against minimum wage hike

Photo by: McDonald's
Photo by: McDonald's

(Sacramento, CA) -- McDonald's CEO says it may be impossible to operate in California after passage of fast food worker protections.

The FAST bill, or Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recover Act, passed in late 2022 and could force fast-food restaurants to pay employees up to twenty-two-dollars an hour.

Industry leaders like McDonald's U.S. President Joe Erlinger say that would make it "all but impossible to run small business restaurants." He added that paying fast-food workers that wage could raise the cost of eating at McDonald's by as much as 20-percent.

The bill has been blocked until a referendum vote which is scheduled for November.