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Connections: Restaurant workers on re-balancing the industry


Restaurants are struggling to convince employees to come back to work. Federal unemployment assistance runs through August, and many workers feel that if restaurants won't pay more, it's not worth giving up the benefits. Restaurant owners call it a crisis, but workers are organizing and calling it an opportunity to re-balance what all restaurant employees are paid.

Our guests discuss it:

  • Richard Bensinger, union organizer 
  • Andrea DePasquale, worker at Nani’s Kitchen 
  • Candace Doell, executive chef at Owl House Catering and Events


Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.
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