Weathering the storm: Labor pains

Weathering the storm: Labor pains

While torrents of price hikes continue to rain down on restaurants, and consumer spending simultaneously is drenched by the depressing economy, foodservice operators also are getting pelted on the labor side of their businesses.

Among the issues forming dark clouds over their operations are:

Wages. The federal minimum wage will jump to $6.55 an hour this July, but already 31 states have higher threshold wages. San Francisco and Santa Fe, N.M., have the highest hourly

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