National Restaurant Association
The administration says the changes will steer more money to cooks and dishwashers. Worker groups say it will lead to lower pay and wage theft.
And all of its employees, for that matter.
The National Restaurant Association is perhaps the largest trade group that you have never heard of.
Women in Business: Dawn Sweeney, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Restaurant Association
The National Restaurant Association's members include quick service, fast casual, managed foodservice, casual and fine dining
Hotels are making a killing. Occupancy rates are exceeding pre-recession highs, and are expected to reach record levels in 2016. But the little-known trade association representing this robust $163 billion dollar industry is a major force fighting behind the scenes on Capitol Hill and in statehouses and courtrooms across the country to keep workers wages low.
Tipping pushes waiters into poverty, so let's stop doing it.
For years, the "Other NRA" has flexed its political muscle to keep wages low and to freeze the tipped minimum wage at just $2.13 per hour. Plus, thanks to non-stop NRA lobbying, the House last month passed a bill changing the threshold for employer-provided coverage under the ACA to deny health care to employees who work 30 hours per week.
For the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to be a success, young adults need to enroll, not only because they make up a disproportionate share of those without health care coverage, but also because they are needed to balance the risk pool.
The NRA's very presence in this debate, the very fact that they planted this letter, is paradoxical evidence against the argument that the higher minimum wage comes exclusively out of workers' jobs and higher prices.
"This industry over the last 20 years has demanded repeatedly that customers pay their workers' wages rather than they themselves
These are interesting times. These are exciting times. There is much to be reveled about the fact that, more and more, rich history and family stories are being brought forward to the table by soulful chefs, entertaining magical spices, flavors and teas from around the globe.
Even better, the chefs offered up insight on which restaurants they'll be hitting up when they're not tied up at the show