Fast food restaurants are fighting over workers

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – Every major road is dotted with “Help Wanted” signs. It’s an effort by the fast food industry to get their staff back on track after the pandemic.

And many are doing everything they can. Some fast food restaurants pay between $ 13 and $ 15 an hour, almost double the Ohio minimum wage of $ 8.80.

Some McDonald’s offer signature and stay bonuses.

Justin Amburgey owns two Chick-fil-A franchises, and while they’re up to the staff after hiring 90 people in the past three months, it’s still a challenge. “Winter and spring were really tough. As if we actually had to close our convenience store because we couldn’t staff it. “

Amburgey says they too have increased their wages by around 25%, offering $ 13 to $ 15 an hour and holding talks open on Mondays between 4 and 6 a.m.

Dr Laurence Fink is the chair of UT’s management department at the College of Business and says, “There is a bidding war and other industries can pay more than restaurants. Fewer high school or college graduates. Students who would normally supply a large part of the fast food and restaurant workers.

And the climate of working with the public also alienates some people.

“They only cite hostile customers who don’t want to follow security protocols. They feel they are in danger.

Add to that the bottleneck resulting from a pandemic where all businesses have reopened at the same time and the restaurant industry is struggling.

“Workers will have to be treated with more bonuses. Restaurants are trying to get those who are loyal to have a faster career. “

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