(Washington D.C.) The National Restaurant Association issued the following statement regarding planned activities by labor groups on May 15th:
“Restaurants are the cornerstones of our nation’s small business community. Over ninety percent of restaurants are independent or franchisee owned. From local diners, to city steakhouses to America’s favorite chains, restaurants are creating jobs and providing real pathways to success.
“A dramatic increase to labor costs like the one proposed by SEIU-backed Fast Food Forward and Fight for 15, is not the comprehensive solution to income inequality- it will only hurt business owners’ ability to create entry level jobs. These union-backed protests are nothing more than big labor’s attempt to push their own agenda while attacking an industry that provides opportunity to millions of Americans.
“Instead of demonizing an industry that opens doors for workers of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels, the focus should be on finding better solutions to lift individuals out of poverty. Pro-growth policies and policies that focus on increased access to education and job training opportunities are far more effective ways of providing real, meaningful impact on workers’ ability to earn and advance.”
Scott DeFife, Executive Vice President, Policy & Government Affairs, National Restaurant Association
Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 1 million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of 14 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 16-19, 2015, 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.