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Readers weigh possible reasons for the so-called labor shortage in the service sector | First words | Orlando

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Last week, our Nelly Ontiveros Cervantes reported on the reaction of local restaurants to the shortage of workers willing to take on low-paid positions (“Orlando restaurateurs raise wages, raise performance as they struggle to find workers after the pandemic.” “, May 24th). Heads of state – and a certain very popular local grill operator – believe that unemployment benefits workers received when restaurants closed due to the pandemic prevented them from returning to their previous positions.

Workers representatives and the heartfelt, on the other hand, believe that workers are taking what may be the best chance they will ever have to use their collective power to demand better working conditions.

@Joey Burdette If you can’t pay your employees a viable wage, you shouldn’t have a business.

@Ariel Jankowski Maybe if restaurants paid their workers wages above $ 5 an hour (or whatever it is these days) and they don’t rely on tips as their main source of income. Some countries don’t even allow tips – they pay their employees a viable wage.

@April Amira Good! Now offer your employees full time plus health care and you could see people apply. This is the country that strikes back because no one can survive with inflation and zero health insurance, especially during a pandemic.

@Gemma Grace Hernandez It’s not that people are just at home collecting unemployment benefits. They had the opportunity to use this time and make another career choice. I am glad that this is happening. It’s time. Restaurants keep raising their food prices and employees are paid the same.

@Chris Simmons Looks like Governor Ron the Con has just given business owners a boost. He ended the federal unemployment incentive for workers in Florida. This means that any leverage that forces workers to pay higher wages has been eliminated. Many people will be forced to return to work to earn some of the lowest wages in the United States. House prices are skyrocketing and local wages are falling further into the abyss. Great job, Floriduhhh.

@Robyn Hrobuchak So they shouldn’t be getting a “living wage” because these are supposed to be entry-level jobs for high school kids, but now you want to grumble because none of the adults want to work them? School breaks out this week … you should all be fine by Monday.

@David Casson Workers shouldn’t be forced into aid programs just because their employers would rather buy a second golf club membership than pay a living wage.

@Joseph Gibson Please remember to keep these restaurants in your mind, they are bled to death by the people who prepare the food and serve the customers.

@Michele Dispirito Most people have left the food industry entirely. Some went to work at Amazon or Walmart, where the pay is the same every week and they can budget and live on their salary without wondering if I made $ 300 this week and maybe $ 100 next week.

@Alexander Gonzalez I am disappointed with the deaf comments from John Rivers. Jobs that pay more than $ 20 an hour will find no shortage of employees. Why should someone return to an industry that left them at the first sign of trouble?

@Loritza Castillo What a joke. Don’t forget how everyone was treated during the pandemic. In other countries, they gave financial aid to their citizens because keeping them alive was a priority. Here we were given scraps and we should shut up and be grateful. That $ 300 bonus was a bloody joke. People who think the working class is just lazy have no sense of reality. If we adjust inflation properly, the minimum wage will be closer to $ 20 / hour or higher. Nobody wants to work for less than $ 400 a week. Hold on, working class. You are not lazy. It’s a protest.

@Jeannie JS If employers decide to cut hours and benefits and save $$$, it’s just a business. When people choose not to apply for extremely low paying jobs, it is laziness and infidelity. Hm.

@Luis Rojas What a concept: increase wages and benefits to find workers instead of complaining that nobody wants to work for slave wages.

@Craig Reynolds Many have left the restaurant industry forever and will not come back even as you raise your salary. Why? Because of a-hole legitimate customers who expected royal treatment but in return showed disrespect and offensive behavior. It is they who are demanding that people get back into these jobs so they can eat out again. It is they who complain that prices will rise because of higher wages. Well, boo-hoo to everyone who tagged you with #karen and #ken types. Stay home and cook. You don’t deserve to eat out.

You are not coming back. You can get the same shit at regular retail stores at a Walmart or mall and don’t have to put up with your crap. All restaurants should just raise wages to $ 15, and I mean ALL, and raise prices to make up for that. As long as all restaurants do it, people will have no choice. They either pay, learn to cook or live on supermarket finished and frozen products. Even so, I don’t think $ 15 is enough to convince people to tolerate the same hideous a-holes.

No, I don’t work in the industry, I never have, but I’ve seen the crap a lot of you hand out thinking you were legitimate and better than the staff. You are not; you’re diner junk.

@Harris Drucker I don’t think restaurants should be promoting wage increases now. They are desperate, why are they rewarding bad behavior? “Do the right thing when nobody is looking!” Orlando Weekly, thank you very much for telling both sides of the story, especially the big lie!

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