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Connections: Restaurant workers on re-balancing the industry

May 3, 2021

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