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Business as usual is killing the fast food industry

David Madland explains how California's Fast Recovery Act can provide fast-food workers in the state with a platform to discuss wages and possibly improve working conditions.

Much like its impact on the wider restaurant industry, the pandemic has wreaked havoc on the fast food sector. A February survey of U.S restaurant operators, including of fast food establishments, found 50% of respondents identified recruiting and retaining employees as their top challenge for 2022.

Why is it so difficult? Because the fast food industry needs to take better care of its workers. Fortunately, new legislation that is circulating in the California Senate might help guide the industry to save itself.

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David Madland

Senior Fellow; Senior Adviser, American Worker Project