An Overview Of Restaurant Servers As Essential Workers
By Tom Seest
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While most workers in the service industry are considered essential, restaurant servers are sometimes overlooked. In fact, they may not even be getting more pay than other workers. According to the Food Labor Research Center at the University of California Berkeley and president of One Fair Wage, the tipped wage is often based on the baseline wage, not the actual labor cost of the job. The understaffing of restaurants affects tips, and this leads to employee turnover and unhappy customers, which negatively affects sales.
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Table Of Contents
- Are Restaurant Servers Considered Frontline Workers?
- Are Restaurant Servers Considered Healthcare Workers?
- Are Restaurant Servers Considered Protective Service Workers?
- Are Restaurant Servers Considered Cashiers?
- Are Restaurant Servers Considered Merchandise Store Employees?
- Are Restaurant Servers Considered Essential?
The frontline workforce has a relatively low pay rate in relation to other occupations. It is also made up primarily of immigrants and disadvantaged minority workers. The December 2020 DHS guidelines include education sector workers, but that does not change the conclusions made about frontline workers. As a result, they are still considered essential workers.
In addition to this, many of these frontline employees depend on public transportation. In fact, 55 percent of them use it to get to and from work. Only 32 percent rely on their personal vehicles. Another 10 percent walk to their jobs. While this may not seem like a large percentage, it is nonetheless a significant number.
Despite the fact that frontline workers are non-citizens, they constitute nearly one-fourth of the total labor force. This underrepresentation of these workers disempowers them in the political system and explains why they don’t enjoy decent wages, comprehensive healthcare, and a robust social safety net. As such, it is important to improve the path to citizenship for these workers. As such, the City of New York should create programs that will help them attain citizenship, and the Citizenship Fund should subsidize the costs of citizenship applications.
While there are some pay raises for frontline workers in the aftermath of the recent labor shortage, most of these gains have been wiped out by inflation. A significant proportion of these workers do not have access to paid sick leave and earn less than their non-essential counterparts. In addition to this, they do not have the luxury of working from home.
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While restaurant servers are often viewed as essential healthcare workers, the reality is much more complicated. Despite the fact that they are often deemed essential by the employer, many states have not given them vaccine priority. In Texas, for example, regulations restrict vaccination of frontline workers to those who need it most. In other states, they can be excluded if their job doesn’t involve direct contact with patients.
The risk of COVID-19 infection is significantly higher among healthcare workers. They are seven times more likely to get the infection than non-essential workers. The risks of social care workers and transport workers are also significantly higher. This shows that these workers need to be protected from COVID-19, so it’s important to make sure they get the proper protective equipment.
Restaurant workers are also a group at risk for severe injury and illnesses. As a result, they are often exposed to viruses that may cause infection. These illnesses can be serious, especially if you’re not insured. However, many employers don’t offer health insurance, which is why many of them retain their employees part-time.
In addition to this, many essential workers are women. The majority of them are also members of ethnic minority groups. In fact, women represent more than half of essential workers in health care and government and community services. In contrast, men are more likely to be in the energy, water, and wastewater management, and critical manufacturing industries.
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Protective service workers are responsible for providing personal care and protection against fire and other unlawful acts. They also perform housekeeping duties and prepare and serve food. They may also provide child care or rudimentary nursing care in institutions. Some of these workers also provide companionship and offer beauty and hair treatments.
The most common industries that employ Protective service occupations are justice, public order and safety activities, education, legal, and arts & media. Occupational concentrations of Protective Service occupations are in Arlington County (South) PUMA, VA, and Carr 2 (Sur) PUMA, PR. In 2020, this occupational group will employ about 3,334,362 people. In general, wages for Protective service occupations will be slightly lower than the national average.
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Cashiers are essential workers in restaurants, grocery stores, and other places that handle and prepare food. These workers provide the basic infrastructure that feeds people and keeps communities safe. However, these workers typically earn lower wages than other categories of workers. In addition, many of them are immigrants. These workers are underpaid and perform dangerous jobs.
Cashiers are vitally important for restaurants and need to be paid a living wage. Unfortunately, the minimum wage for cashiers is just over minimum wage, so it is not sufficient for a cashier to make a living wage. In fact, even California’s “time-and-a-half” law would barely put a typical grocery cashier over the minimum living wage.
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General merchandise store employees and restaurant servers are essential workers in many different industries. They are vital to the operation of grocery and other stores. Other critical retail establishments include gas stations, hardware stores, and farmers’ markets. In addition, there are workers in construction and trades who are necessary for the operation of these businesses. Many stores also employ workers in information technology, which supports the online ordering process. Lastly, there are workers in the food preparation and serving centers of restaurants, fast-casual restaurants, and takeout and delivery operations.
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The restaurant industry has long struggled with high employee turnover. The recent Covid pandemic has exacerbated the problem. Not only do employees seek better pay elsewhere, they worry about getting sick or finding child care. In May alone, there was a 5.7% quit rate in the hospitality and food service industry. As a result, ARP has been battling the labor market with higher wages and retention bonuses. However, the industry has been hit harder in the full-service category than in limited-service restaurants. In fact, staffing in restaurants has dropped by 11% since the beginning of the pandemic.
While most restaurant employees do not consider themselves essential workers, they often work in positions that are deemed essential by the employer. The restaurant server, for example, carries trays and can potentially be exposed to disease-causing bacteria. Furthermore, many servers carry a high risk of contracting COVID-19. It is these employees who should be paid hazard pay.
Many workers in the food industry are not getting more money even though the baseline wage is increasing. This situation is often the result of understaffing, leading to lower tips. As a result, many employees leave the industry, which hurts sales. However, restaurant servers are often grateful for their jobs. However, there are times when they feel undervalued and frustrated.
The economic crisis has sparked widespread action by restaurants to protect workers. In some cases, restaurants have cut hours or eliminated jobs. In New York City alone, 500,000 workers will lose their jobs by the end of the month. Some companies have responded by offering economic assistance to hourly employees, such as Chili’s and Darden Restaurants. Others, like Denny’s, have refused to adopt paid sick leave policies.
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