A California Chick-fil-A restaurant bumped its hourly employees' wages from $12 or $13 to $17 or $18. California's minimum wage is now $11 an hour. In addition, he is giving supervisors paid time off and granting all employees paid sick leave.
While analysts can't say whether a $17 to $18 hourly wage is the highest in the country for front-line fast-food workers, it certainly appears to be among the higher ones, said David Henkes, a senior principal with Technomic, a restaurant research and consulting firm.
There's good news coming out of Sacramento, California.More news: Mexican journalist Hector Gonzalez Antonio beaten to death
As union-led protests that came to be known as the "Fight for $15" were sweeping the nation in 2015, McDonald's said it would set starting pay for 90,000 workers at company-owned stores at one dollar above the minimum wage.
"What that does for the business is provide consistency", he said, "someone that has relationships with our guests, and it's going to be building a long-term culture".
Mason recently spoke to a local television station about the decision, which was informed by a conscious effort to search for people "who are looking for long-term opportunity".More news: Real Madrid begin search for Zinedine Zidane's successor
Eric Mason, who owns the Sacramento Chick-fil-A, called the substantial increase a "living wage". That really makes the biggest difference right?
Chick-Fil-A has always implemented more traditional business values, as they cease operation on Sundays, also known as the Sabbath Day.More news: Waymo signs deal for 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids