Sunday, April 26, 2015

Hard-hitting Series on Food Service Industry Wins Pulitzer

The food service industry is the province of kitchen workers who must enlist government investigators to collect the bare minimum that the law entitles them to receive; wait staff who earn a punishingly low $2.13 per hour nationally in exchange for tips whose distribution is often controlled by management; and fast-food employees who work for chains that explicitly advise them to apply for food stamps and other government aid to supplement their unlivable pay.”

This excerpt from a Boston Globe editorial by Kathleen Kingsbury, “For restaurant workers, fair conditions not on the menu,” sums up the problems that plague one of the country’s largest industries. It’s part of her 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning series on food service workers, “Service Not Included,” that illustrates a sad reality: too many people are worker harder but still falling farther behind.

More from The US Department of Labor blog.

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