Beaten, stabbed, silenced: violence in California’s fast-food industry and workers’ fight for a voice

Violence in California's Fast-Food Industry and Workers Fight for a Voice

AB 257 / FAST Recovery Act would address violence crisis

New 911 Data Reveals ‘Crisis of Violence’ in California Fast-food Industry as Corporations, Managers Ignore Workers’ Concerns

Fast-food companies promote their restaurants as family-friendly places to eat and work, but fast-food workers tell a grimmer story of restaurants that become havens for violent activity, in which these mostly Black and brown workers are regularly assaulted, robbed, spat on, yelled at, sworn at and told to go back to “their country.”

Violent activity at fast-food restaurants across California generates tens of thousands of 911 calls a year, to the detriment of workers, the surrounding community and local public safety budgets, while fast-food corporations refuse to take common-sense steps to address the problem.

Beaten, Stabbed, Silenced: Violence in California’ Fast-Food Industry and Workers’ Fight for a Voice reveals an ongoing “crisis of violence” plaguing California’s fast-food industry, exposing how fast-food corporations like McDonald’s and Burger King have failed to protect their workers from assault, sexual assault, robberies, weapons, threats and more.

AB 257, the FAST Recovery Act, would give workers a seat at the table to increase corporate accountability across the fast-food industry. AB 257 allows fast-food workers, and employers to set binding standards to address the crisis of violence and enables franchisees to push corporate franchisors to provide the resources needed to prevent violence and operate safe restaurants.

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