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California Legislative Hearing: Wage Levels in the Fast-Food Industry

On November 13, 2013, the California Legislature held a joint hearing on the low wages paid by the fast-food industry. Lawmakers heard impassioned testimony from academics, advocates for the working poor, and from the fast-food workers themselves. The hearing was called after the release of the UC Berkeley Labor Center report, "Fast Food, Poverty Wages: The Public Cost of Low-Wage Jobs in the Fast-Food Industry."


Hearing Highlights (1:58)

Worker Testimony (1:33)

Hearing Highlights - Extended Cut (22:02)



Viewpoints: When fast food corporations hold down wages, it affects all of us
Ken Jacobs, Sacramento Bee, November 13, 2013



Fast Food Industry: Impact on Taxpayers Video
KIEM – NBC Eureka, November 13, 2013

California Legislature Holds Joint Fast Food Wages Hearing Audio
KRCB – North Bay Public Media, November 13, 2013

Taxpayers Pay High Cost for Low Fast-Food Wages, Lawmakers are Told
Los Angeles Times, November 13, 2013

Report: Fast Food Bad for California Taxpayers
KCRA Sacramento, November 13, 2013

California Legislature Holds Joint Fast Food Wages Hearing Audio
Capital Public Radio, November 13, 2013

Legislators Probe Taxpayer Cost of Aiding Fast-Food Workers
San Francisco Chronicle, November 13, 2013

Many Fast Food Workers Rely on Public Assistance Because of Low Wages Video
KTTV – Fox Los Angeles, November 13, 2013

Fast Food Industry's Impact on Taxpayers Video
Fox 40 – Sacramento, November 13, 2013


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