California fast-food wage hike worries schools competing for workers

California‘s increased minimum wage for fast-food workers at companies with more than 60 locations is causing various downstream concerns, one of which is labor competition with schools.

The new $20 minimum wage for fast-food workers went into effect on Monday and raises the floor for wages up $4 per hour from the regular $16 minimum wage for other industries in the state. The Associated Press reported that the boost in wages for fast-food workers is another problem for school districts, which are having a difficult time hiring cafeteria workers.

The Sacramento City Unified School District has made several pay increases in anticipation of the law, bringing pay for food service workers in line with the $20 per hour that fast-food workers get beginning on July 1.

“We are looking not only at competing with districts
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