California's $20 Minimum Wage Sparks Major Backlash — Is The State Doomed?

By Olivia Smith | May 12, 2024

The repercussions

In California, as the state elevates the minimum wage to $20 per hour for fast food workers, patrons of McDonald's are feeling the strain on their wallets. 
 

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A viral TikTok video captures the disbelief of a hungry customer faced with a $25 chicken nugget combo, criticizing the price surge as "McFlation." While the wage increase aims to support workers, experts caution that it could result in layoffs, increased automation, and higher costs for Value Meals. 

The price surge

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As California pioneers the $20 minimum wage for fast food staff nationwide, the repercussions on eateries, employees, and customers will be closely monitored. With the implementation of California's minimum wage hike, some fast-food chains have already begun raising prices and reducing workforce.