Just another reason to love Chick-fil-A
from Conservative Review:
Leave it to Chick-fil-A to show you don’t need government for a ‘living wage’
Whenever the Left wants to have a conversation about a “living wage,” it’s almost never a discussion, but a series of demands and slogans made in ALL CAPS on Twitter. Those demands almost always involve the heavy hand of government coercing businesses with the force of law. But one of the Left’s favorite businesses to hate, Chick-fil-A, is showing that entrepreneurs in a competitive free market can improve conditions for workers without paternalistic government oversight.
Eric Mason, the owner of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Sacramento, California, is lifting his employees’ wages to $17 or $18 dollars an hour. Calling it a “living wage,” Mason says he wants to grow his business long-term by investing in his employees.
From CBS News:
“As the owner, I’m looking at it big-picture and long-term,” Mason told a local news station. “What that does for the business is provide consistency, someone that has relationships with our guests, and it’s going to be building a long-term culture.”
The idea, Mason said, is to hire workers — he prefers “hospitality professionals” — who will stick around, a worthwhile goal for a brand known for its customer service that’s in an industry that had a 73 percent turnover rate in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“What we are going to be looking for is people trying to raise families,” Mason said. “Maybe they can work just one job.”
Mason is also offering paid time off for his supervisors and giving all employees paid sick leave.
“In order to take care of the guests who dine in the restaurant, I need to take care of my team members first,” he told Insider. “This is an investment into my team members to help them prosper and feel good about coming to work every day.”