Tag Archives: worker pay

Chain Gets Backlash for Cold-blooded Tipping Policy That Makes Servers Pay to Work

Source: Grub Street NY

Servers in southern England are tearing into their employer for imposing what amounts a literal “pay to play” scheme. To wait tables, Italian chain Aqua allegedly forces servers to pay the restaurant 3 percent of their nightly sales total, no matter what customers tip. Staff took complaints about …

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Maine’s Restaurant Workers Convinced the State to Lower Their Wages

Source: Grub Street NY

After this week’s news that Seattle’s $15-minimum-wage experiment might actually be lowering residents’ incomes, restaurant workers in Maine find themselves in the strange position of being able to say, “Told you so.” The outcome of their fight with legislators — the latest in America’s ongoing wage …

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Tight Job Market Now Has Fast-Food Chains Headhunting Workers

Source: Grub Street NY

For once, prospects don’t look so bad for the people in fast food, and that’s not just because so many companies are handing out pay raises: America’s unemployment rate right now is very low, meaning that the job market’s also pretty tight. …

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New Studies Argue a Higher Minimum Wage Could Backfire on Fast-Food Workers

Source: Grub Street NY

Arguing about whether minimum-wage laws kill jobs is one of economists’ favorite pastimes. That said, the reason they argue is because it’s a topic that defies oversimplification, and a couple of new studies will certainly be more fodder for the …

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Fast-Food Workers Will Strike for $15 Wages in ‘Hundreds’ of Cities Today

Source: Grub Street NY

The prospect of passing a national living wage looks remote at best under Donald Trump’s White House and a GOP-led Congress, but maybe Fight for $15 figured that’s all the more reason to organize its “biggest day of action yet.” Thousands who work at fast-food chains like …

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Judge Denies Overtime Pay to Millions of Restaurant Workers

Source: Grub Street NY

Restaurant employees and the Obama administration both got a rude awakening this morning: One week before overtime pay was supposed to expand to millions more low-income workers, a federal judge has jumped in and blocked the reform with a nationwide injunction until he can rule “on …

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Starbucks’s Surprise Pay Raise Actually Comes With an Asterisk

Source: Grub Street NY

Starbucks sort of pulled a fast one last week when it announced baristas would receive a surprise pay raise. This October, wages will still climb at least 5 percent at company-run stores, and veteran employees will still get new and improved stock benefits, but the increase is also magically canceling…More »

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Report Finds San Francisco Massively Underpays Minority Restaurant Workers

Source: Grub Street NY

San Francisco has America’s most Michelin stars per capita and was the second city to pass a $15 minimum wage — two reasons it’s highly sought after by people in the restaurant industry. But a new report by the workers-advocacy group Restaurant Opportunities Center could really rough up this glowing…More »

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Starbucks Will Give All of Its Employees a Raise

Source: Grub Street NY

Starbucks has responded to complaints of languishing workplace morale by announcing a surprise pay raise. Most employees will see their base pay jump at least 5 percent in October, depending on what region they work in and other economic factors. Plus, workers who’ve been there for at least two years…More »

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