In-N-Out Burger Heiress: Fought to Keep Costs Down Post California Minimum Wage Hike

A driver pulls into the drive-thru lane at an In-N-Out Burger restaurant in Alhambra, California on August 30, 2018. - Califoria's Democratic Party Chairman, Eric Bauman, is calling for a boycott of the Irvine, CA based fast food chain after it donated $25,000 to help California Republicans in November. In addition to this week's donation, In-N-Out donated $30,000 to the GOP in 2017 and 2016. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)
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OAN’s Abril Elfi
12:24 PM – Thursday, April 11, 2024

The heiress of In-N-Out Burger has stated that she fought “toe-to-toe” to keep prices down at the fast food chain amid California’s minimum wage hike. 


During an interview with “Today,” In-N-Out President Lynsi Synder said that she felt “an obligation to look out for [their] customers.”

“I was sitting in VP meetings going toe-to-toe saying, ‘We can’t raise the prices that much, we can’t,'” she said. 

Snyder took over the food chain 14 years ago and helped the company during the pandemic and through inflation hikes. 

The law increased the minimum wage for restaurants with at least 60 locations nationwide from $16 to $20 per hour, with the exception of fast food restaurants that bake and sell their own bread, on April 1st. This means that fast food workers in The Golden State will bring home $41,600 per year.

Governor Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) signed legislation AB 1228 into law in September saying that “California is home to more than 500,000 fast-food workers who — for decades — have been fighting for higher wages and better working conditions.”

“[We are] One step closer to fairer wages, safer and healthier working conditions, and better training by giving hardworking fast-food workers a stronger voice and seat at the table,” he continued. 

A “Fast Food Council,” comprising of representatives from employers and labor unions, was also formed by the legislation in addition to pay increases. This council has the authority to approve additional pay increases. It also establishes guidelines for working conditions.

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