National Restaurant Industry Case Study

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The problem Sara is fighting for the workers who have a below minimum wage or a minimum wage and for having a tremendous working hours and an exhausting work. She wants them to grow not only professionally but also financially. The National Restaurant Association- the industry that has help the restaurants grow. It has successfully influenced policymakers to exempt their industry from more stringent hiring standards, largely by arguing that it is not economically viable to raise wages or improve benefits. In part, those arguments still stand, because until recently they had not been proven wrong. There had been no concerted effort to recognize or incentivize employers taking the high road to profitability. By demonstrating that it is possible…show more content…
Saru established the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley and is allying herself to several universities across the country to ensure that the claims that ROC has been making can be backed by strong, academic research. For example, a growing body of research is beginning to prove that earned sick days policies can easily pay for themselves in decreased turnover costs and increased worker productivity. This is the sort of market research that not only can help incentivize restaurant owners to change their individual policies, but it is also highly needed to counter the claims of the National Restaurant Association, the industry’s lobby in the public policy battle that ROC is undertaking at the federal…show more content…
The answer? Consumers. Saru is allying herself with the sustainable food movement focused on healthy, organic, locally sourced foods. She carefully studied the exponential growth of this movement and realized that much of it was due to the publication of two highly influential, mainstream books. Saru has written, Behind the Kitchen Door, to inform the public about the situation of restaurant workers and Danny Glover bought the rights to transform it into a full-length feature film and documentaries. Awareness is but the first step in Saru’s consumer engagement strategy. She is also leveraging the influence of the leading ‘ethical food’ organizations in the country, including Slow Food USA, by getting them to include workers within their ethical eating

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