The Craig Fahle Show

Not All Restaurant Owners Are Against Raising Minimum Wage

May 2, 2014

Photo courtesy of Newsday Ben Hall, Chef/owner of Russell Street Deli and Topsoil in Detroit says better pay means better experiences for customers. Plus higher wages help reduce training costs since there is less turnover of employees. He is a member of Restaurant Opportunities Center United, an organization committed to issues facing restaurant workers.

Hall appeared earlier this week in Washington with Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow to support a national minimum wage of $10.10. He told the Detroit News, “I’ve lived my entire life on restaurant wages,” adding he gives his employees retirement and health benefits. “We started giving everybody more. We said, ‘We’ll pay ourselves less to feel better about what we want to do.’”

Ten million Americans work in the restaurant industry: one of the largest and fastest-growing private sector employers in the nation. According the ROCUnited website, The industry continues to grow. Unfortunately, despite the growth and profitability of the industry, restaurant jobs provide largely low wages and little access to benefits.

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