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National Restaurant Association Statement on Union Rallies

Contact: Katie Laning Niebaum (202) 973-3967, Christin Fernandez (202) 331-5939

“These demonstrations are a coordinated PR campaign engineered by national labor groups where the vast majority of participants are activists and paid demonstrators; relatively few restaurant workers have participated in the past.

“The restaurant industry has been one of the few industries that continued to create jobs during the recession and economic recovery, offering opportunities to hundreds of thousands of new workers over the past couple of years.  Dramatic increases in a starting wage such as those called for in these rallies will challenge that job growth history, increase prices for restaurant meals, especially in the value segments, and lead to fewer jobs created. Business owners already face great uncertainty due to a lack of a clear economic plan from Washington and the health care law’s implementation. Calls to double the minimum wage only intensify the challenges faced by job creators.”

-Scott DeFife, Executive Vice President, Policy & Government Affairs, National Restaurant Association

Additional information:

According to Census Bureau data, 9 out of 10 restaurants are independent or franchisee owned and operated.  In the quickservice segment, only 13% of restaurants are company-owned stores.  46% are owned by franchisees, and the remaining 41% are independent restaurants.  A higher minimum wage would apply to all restaurants.

According to a new poll released 12/3/13, Americans want Washington focused on jobs. The survey is described as a “wake-up call for Congress.” [United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll]

More than anything else, voters would be happiest if Congress and President Obama focused on creating jobs, according to the latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll.”

“The survey is a wake-up call for Congress. Even as lawmakers have spent most of the year fighting over items ephemeral to the health of the economy, overwhelming numbers of voters would prefer they concentrate their efforts on boosting job growth.”



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Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 990,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of more than 13.5 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We operate the industry's largest trade show (NRA Show May 17-20, 2014, in Chicago); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF's ProStart); as well as the Kids LiveWell program promoting healthful kids' menu options. For more information, visit Restaurant.org and find us on Twitter @WeRRestaurants, Facebook and YouTube.

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