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It’s Not the Labor that’s Short. It’s the Paychecks. 0

At the Des Moines Register, Maria Reppas remembers her time working in a restaurant and makes the case that small business owners (such as restaurants) are grousing about the wrong shortage. A snippet (emphasis added):

When I hear about the “labor shortage” in the restaurant industry, I look at the pay. The federal minimum wage remains at $7.25 an hour, and for tipped servers it’s $2.13 an hour. Despite increased costs of living, those rates haven’t changed since 2009 and 1991, respectively. . . .

Instead of a mythical labor shortage, the United States has a livable wage shortage.


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