Since we're on the topic of basic fairness for the working people of America, here is a useful thing: a pro-worker group called Restaurant Opportunities Centers United has produced a handy pocket guide to many of America's most popular restaurants, to let you know exactly how badly their employees are treated. The short version, below.
The guide (referenced in this excellent Mark Bittman column yesterday) ranks restaurants on whether they pay a minimum viable wage to their tipped and non-tipped workers; whether they give paid sick leave; and how much of a chance for advancement their workers have. Here are some of the better-known chain restaurants that received "0" or "unknown" ratings in each of those categories—in other words, that did not achieve a single check mark for minimal standards of worker treatment:
The Worst Restaurants for Workers
Buffalo Wild Wings
California Pizza Kitchen
Chuck E. Cheese
Cold Stone Creamery
Hard Rock Cafe
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
Uno Chicago Grill
Depressing. There are more bad ones. (And a few good ones.) The full guide is here.
Fast food unions aren't such a bad idea.
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