SACRAMENTO — California legislators signed a nation-leading measure giving more than a half-million fast food workers more power

and protections, despite the objections of restaurant owners who warned it would drive up consumers’ costs.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the law on Monday

creating a 10-member Fast Food Council with equal numbers of worker

delegates and employers’ representatives, along with two state official

empowered to set minimum standards for wages, hours and working conditions in California.

The law caps minimum wage increases for fast food worker

at chains with more than 100 restaurants at $22 an hour next year

compared to the statewide minimum of $15.50 an hour, with cost of living increases thereafter.

Newsom said he was proud to sign the measure into law on Labor Day.