It’s been months since there was any movement on the FAST Recovery Act in California, but that doesn’t necessarily mean all’s well. In fact, this week fast food restaurant workers in California walked off the job for one day to protest wages, hours and working conditions and also advocate for passage of AB 257, the Fast-Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act, also known as the FAST Act. Although the striking workers came from a host of QSRs, McDonald’s was once again positioned in the group’s crosshairs. Among many egregious provisions, the FAST Act would create a statewide Fast Food Sector Council that would consist of 11 individuals all appointed by one government body or another that would collectively decide how a fast-food restaurant would operate. The council would be empowered to set industry-wide standards on wages, working hours and other working conditions to supply the necessary cost of proper living to the workers – and, with a statutorily mandated focus on the health, safety and welfare of fast food restaurant workers. There is no need to focus on being successful, let alone profitable! The legislation was written by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, who also authored AB5, which significantly restricted the classification of employee vs independent contractor. AB 257 of course has also been endorsed by Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Assemblywoman Gonzalez is term-limited out of the Assembly at the end of this year, but has been endorsed by some to take the helm of the California Labor Federation, despite the fact that no vacancy exists at the top of the organization that represents 1,200 unions in the Golden State.