The POLITICALLY INSPIRED BOOK CLUB will discuss The Politics of Restaurant Workers - A Four Article Exploration.
What are the politics around tipped restaurant workers? May Book Club is a Book Club Twist... and it is sure to be interesting.
We are focusing on 4 Published (short) Articles on Restaurant Workers. With the Restaurant Association pushing for a bill that would apply different minimum wage laws to tipped workers, it is worth some thoughtful consideration!
We're mixing it up a bit this month by reading three articles addressing the politics of workers in restaurants! The reading is short, but the discussion will be rich.
Starbucks and Arizona State University are collaborating to help cafe workers get college degrees. Is this a model for helping more Americans reach the middle class?
“People eat with blinders. We just want to eat our nice dinner without thinking about whether the person who made it is ok.” This statement, made by Barbara Sibley at last week’s roundtable discussion on Food, Justice, and Restaurants at the New School for Public Engagement, undoubtedly struck a nerve or two
The restaurant industry pays notoriously low wages. Restaurant owners have argued for decades that raising wages would require an increase in menu prices, resulting in fewer customers and ultimately fewer jobs. Former Wall Street trader Bobby Fry says he has found a way around that problem. Fry, who left Wall Street in 2010 to open a restaurant in Pittsburgh called Bar Marco, recently won widespread praise for his decision to banish tips and start paying his employees a base salary of $35,000.
Is the the future of the restaurant industry tip-free? One Pittsburgh restaurant certainly thinks so. The owners of three-year-old Bar Marco are not only abolishing tips, but are giving their employees a salary with benefits. According to Next Pittsburgh, full-time employees will be paid a base salary of $35,000 a year and will be given health care and 500 shares in the company... Co-owner Robert Fry tells Eater, "America needs to realize that working in the restaurant industry is an occupation." Fry worked with long-term employees to create the plan. They will also be offered health insurance and paid vacation time.