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Legislation seeks to upgrade safety standards for fast-food workers amid COVID-19

“A bill introduced in the California State Assembly on Thursday excoriates the fast-food industry for its response to the pandemic, contending that chains have “routinely flouted” measures intended to protect the state’s 500,000 fast-food workers — and their millions of customers — from COVID-19.

The FAST Recovery Act, which stands for Fast Food Accountability and Standards, contains withering criticism of the industry’s response to the pandemic but doesn’t detail what new regulations it seeks to impose.”

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Trabajadores de la industria de comida rápida luchan para empoderarse

“A más de un año del inicio de la pandemia del covid-19, estudios revelan que entre los trabajadores esenciales más afectados están los cocineros y cajeros de comida rápida. Se estima que California tiene más de medio millón de trabajadores en esta industria.

Mientras los empleados se aseguran que sus comunidades estén alimentadas y mantienen las economías locales en movimiento, a ellos frecuentemente se les ha tratado como prescindibles.”

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McDonald’s workers want more say over California labor conditions. This plan would help them

“Lizzet Aguilar knew to speak up when she couldn’t hug her son.

As the pandemic raged, she said she had worked for weeks at McDonald’s in Los Angeles without getting masks. She saw her co-workers being sent to clean other stores where people were getting ill. Aguilar went on a strike, then filed a complaint to the state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, commonly called Cal-OSHA. The blowback was immediate and fierce, she said.”

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Back to the Future?

In 2015, the International Franchise Association (IFA) opposed a new law to put limits on unfair terminations of franchise agreements & protect local franchisees’ investments in their businesses. The IFA predicted dire consequences, saying the bill would make California “an unattractive place” for franchising.

But seven years after the law passed, none of the industry's predictions have proven true.

Now, in 2021, the IFA once again says the sky is falling - that corporate franchisors would not want to do business if they have to share in the costs of running safe and compliant restaurants. Echoing their 2015 talking points, they claim the FAST Recovery Act would mean “dismantling of the franchise business model in California.” 

Meanwhile, on its website, the IFA calls California a great place to start a franchise.” No wonder California franchise operators ask: Who is really fighting for us?

Back to the Future?

In 2015, the International Franchise Association (IFA) opposed a new law to put limits on unfair terminations of franchise agreements & protect local franchisees’ investments in their businesses. The IFA predicted dire consequences, saying the bill would make California “an unattractive place” for franchising.

But seven years after the law passed, none of the industry's predictions have proven true.

Now, in 2021, the IFA once again says the sky is falling - that corporate franchisors would not want to do business if they have to share in the costs of running safe and compliant restaurants. Echoing their 2015 talking points, they claim the FAST Recovery Act would mean “dismantling of the franchise business model in California.” 

Meanwhile, on its website, the IFA calls California a great place to start a franchise.” No wonder California franchise operators ask: Who is really fighting for us?