As the calendar closes in on August 31 and the end of the California legislative session, the window for AB 257, the so-called FAST Act (the Fast-Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act) is slowly closing, but intensifying at the same time. Word out of the Golden State is that the bill is still likely to pass the Senate (having already been approved by the Assembly) and get to the Governor’s desk, but it’s fate there remains to be seen. In the interim, it was interesting to note that so-called research on the controversial legislation from the University of California-Los Angeles Labor Center resulted from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the Fight for 15 organization recruiting the survey participants! In addition, the union and its advocate accomplices also set up media interviews and provided researchers with the requisite pro-union talking points. This information came from email records via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request from the Employment Policies Institute, the same organization that produced a detailed report on the pending legislation which we referenced in our issue last week.