Senate Committee Hears Fast Act

One of the more egregious legislative proposals pending anywhere this year – the Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act or FAST Recovery Act – was heard earlier this week by the Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee in the California state senate. The bill, which has already passed the state Assembly, sets aside existing…

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FAST Act Moving, Action Needed

As we have advised in the past, there is a dangerous legislative proposal advancing in California, AB 257, the so-called FAST Act (the Fast-Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act). This bill has already passed the Assembly and is currently pending in the State Senate, where it will likely have an easier time winning support. As…

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FAST Act Teed Up, Action Needed

As we have advised in the past, there is a dangerous legislative proposal advancing in California, AB 257, the co-called FAST Act (the Fast-Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act). This bill has already passed the Assembly and is currently pending in the State Senate, where it will likely have an easier time winning support. As…

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Assembly Advances FAST Act

On Monday of this week, the California Assembly passed AB 257, the so-called FAST Act and sent it to the Senate for its approval. Needing 41 votes to pass the Assembly where it died last session, the Fast-Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act, prevailed on a 41-21 vote on the last day before such a “holdover bill”…

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Crunch Time For California AB257

The Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act, or the so-called FAST Act, filed one year ago by then Assemblywoman and now-labor leader Lorena Gonzalez, must be pass the Assembly by Monday, January 31 or it will be dead for the current session. Although there’s hope the bill will not be approved, the reality is…

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Checking Again on Unions

Regrettably, it seems the broad subject of unionization and what organized labor is doing is becoming a regular feature in Small Regular No Sugar! of late. This week, two more Starbucks stores in the Boston area (now totaling 4 in Boston market) as well as a store in Tallahassee Florida filed for union representation elections…

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California Workers Strike for FAST Act

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…

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Assembly Kills AB 257

In a final vote last week, California Assembly defeated the FastFood Accountability and Standards Recovery Act or FAST Act, as it became known. The legislation (AB.257) came within only 3 votes of clearing the Assembly and making its way to the Governor’s desk. With 41 votes required for passage, the final vote tally was 38…

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California Franchisees Take Note

We advised just a couple of weeks ago about the provisions and prospects of AB 257 being considered by the California legislature in Sacramento. Well, in view of the severity of this legislative proposal and the significant negative impact it would have on QSRs across the Golden State, the International Franchise Association has been working…

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Committees OK FAST Recovery Act

California continues to step on small businessmen and women with impunity, but this latest effort may be its most egregious yet! Over the past 2 weeks, two separate legislative committees within the state Assembly have approved AB 257, the Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act (FAST Recovery Act). The legislation, sponsored by Chairperson of…

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