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    The Worst Restaurants to Work For

    The Worst Restaurants to Work For | Work + Money - Yahoo! Shine

    We all enjoy eating out," Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) writes on the website for its National Diners' Guide 2012. "Unfortunately, the workers who cook, prepare, and serve our food suffer from poverty wages, no benefits like paid sick days, and little or no chance to move up to better positions. When the people who serve us food can't afford to pay the rent or take a day off when they're sick, our dining experience suffers."

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    Ninety percent of the more than 4,300 restaurant workers surveyed by ROC reported their employers did not offer employees paid sick leave. Two-thirds of those surveyed reported that their employees routinely cook, prepare, and serve food while sick.

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    Workers are entitled to a minimum wage of $7.25 per hour if they do not receive tips and $2.13 per hour if they do, as well as overtime pay, if they work more than 40 hours per week; if tips and wages don't add up to $7.25 per hour, the employer is obligated to make up the difference. But many workers aren't aware that they're entitled to payment for all of the hours they work, let alone at what rate, the guide noted. And a wage gap exists even among workers making the bare minimum that the government requires employers to pay. "Women, immigrants, and people of color hold lower-paying positions in the industry, and do not have many opportunities to move up the ladder," the report found. "Among the 4,300 workers surveyed, we found a $4 wage gap between white workers and workers of color, and 73 percent reported not receiving regular promotions on the job."
    Race based wage discrepancies, sick workers contaminating food for the rest of us and no social mobility. Welcome to the union free future everyone.
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    Re: The Worst Restaurants to Work For

    Was there a union dominated, upwardly mobile restaurant industry of the past that I missed?

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    Re: The Worst Restaurants to Work For

    i really, really hate when the person preparing my food is sick.

    i have worked with some pretty nasty microorganisms in the lab. you wouldn't believe the amount of hoops we had to jump through to work with BSL 2 organisms in the lab. we actually had to shut our lab down for two months just to prepare it for inspection and approval. but someone suffering from a highly contagious illness can come to work and make a sandwich, and it's not necessarily because they want to; they can be fired if they don't.

    about thirty miles from my town, a chain restaurant was recently shut down for a month because someone with norovirus was making sandwiches and created a mini-epidemic. probably another situation in my "fire at will" state where they said come in or you're fired.

    i wouldn't have a problem with a restaurant being closed down permanently for requiring a contagious sick person to prepare food. in fact, i'd possibly support even more financially punitive measures.

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    Re: The Worst Restaurants to Work For

    And? I worked in the restaurant industry for 5 years at 3 different restaurants. Most don't offer paid sick leave and race has little to do with it.

    And as far as opportunities and positions. Well, thats where you start and communications abilities could further impede advancement. Are you going to make someone a manager who speaks little or broken English?

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    Re: The Worst Restaurants to Work For

    If you offer 5 paid sick days, how many employees will use less than 5? OK, now what happens on sick day #6? The idea that sick leave makes people not come to work when they are sick, is great in theory but not in practice. Even if the leave was pooled, so that those that needed it could use it even for a two week illness, and those that did not need it would be less likely to simply "fake" it, it still would likely not work as planned. Many use ANY leave as simply a given, likely to go to work when sick and use the sick days when they feel fine, but don't like the assigned shift or have an opportunity to go fishing, go to a party or see a sporting event. Any boss that would fire a worker for missing a day or two while sick, is a moron that you won't miss working for anyway.
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    Re: The Worst Restaurants to Work For

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
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    Race based wage discrepancies, sick workers contaminating food for the rest of us and no social mobility. Welcome to the union free future everyone.
    If you have a unionized restaurant to compare with a non-unionized restaurant for sick workers contaminated food, please post it, I'd like to see it.
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    Re: The Worst Restaurants to Work For

    I worked 5 years as a busboy, server, front manager, etc. When I was sick, I said so - I can't think of a single instance where I was told to stay and work when I had a potentially infectious disease. The last thing anyone needs is for a negative story on the restaurant like that getting out. Every manager knows like it was tattoo'd on his face that people will typically tell at least three times as many people about a bad dining experience as a good one. I am... suspicious that this would be more than anything but a case of isolated, stupid managers.

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    Lone restaurants shouldn't be legal. Eating is supposed to lead to intimacy, so you should have to have a hotel or inn on the side.

    If every restaurant was organized like that, I doubt workers would ever be treated poorly.

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    Re: The Worst Restaurants to Work For

    Quote Originally Posted by Daktoria View Post
    Lone restaurants shouldn't be legal. Eating is supposed to lead to intimacy, so you should have to have a hotel or inn on the side.

    If every restaurant was organized like that, I doubt workers would ever be treated poorly.
    ...you have GOT to be kidding.

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    Re: The Worst Restaurants to Work For

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Race based wage discrepancies, sick workers contaminating food for the rest of us and no social mobility. Welcome to the union free future everyone.
    I managed a unionized food and beverage operation once, at a sports arena where the local hockey and basketball teams play.

    We could only promote employees based on seniority, and never based on skill, work ethic, or production. If I had a great employee who wanted to learn how to be a bartender, she couldn't. Seniority, you see. I had a couple employees who liked to assault their co-workers. Sometimes I'd send them home (with full pay of course), sometimes I had them arrested. They couldn't be fired, of course. I had one employee who had a phobia for toilet paper and would return from his bathroom breaks with visible feces on his hands. He refused to wash his hands, and he couldn't be fired because he had been with the union for more than 10 years. Would you like extra poo on your hot dog today? No problem.

    Oh yeah, those poo-flavored hot dogs were $8.50. Welcome to a unionized restaurant.

    Unions have no place in businesses where safety, performance, and quality are factors.

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