$20 Minimum Wage Takes Effect In Democrat State

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(TheRedWire.com) – In California, starting on Monday, a new law is going to go into effect as the majority of fast food workers in the state are going to start being paid at least $20 an hour. This is going to allow for those in low-paying professions to achieve greater financial security especially as the state is known for the high cost of living which continues to rise. 

Last year the state Legislature passed a law which acknowledged that the majority of the over half a million people who worked in fast food restaurants were not teenagers who were just looking to earn pocket cash, but rather they were adults who were trying to support their families. 

Ingrid Vilorio, an immigrant who had started to work at McDonald’s after arriving in the United States in 2019 had been working full-time at the fast food restaurant until last year. Currently, she is working a number of jobs including around eight hours a week at Jack in the Box in order to pay her bills. Vilorio stated that the $20 raise is “great” and that she wished it had happened sooner as it would have stopped her from trying to find so many other jobs in different locations. 

The law has received the support of the fast food franchise owners trade association. However, since it passed there are franchise owners who have expressed concerns about the effects of the law on them, especially considering how the economy in the state was slowing. 

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