Texas Restaurant Workers Are in Short Supply—And That Gives Them New Leverage

Texas Restaurant Workers Are in Short Supply—And That Gives Them New Leverage

Restaurant workers return after federal unemployment boost ends in Texas.“Sadly, due to government handouts, no one wants to work anymore. Therefore, we are short staffed,” reads a table placard at Corralito Steak House in El Paso. At the Oasis, a restaurant on Lake Travis in Austin, a sign greeting diners reads: “We are short staffed. Please be patient with the staff that did show up. No one wants to work anymore.” A similar sign was spotted at a Chicken Express drive-through in Fort Worth. As the COVID-19 pandemic eases and diners eagerly return to restaurants that had laid off many employees, those businesses are finding themselves short on workers. This is a national phenomenon, but given the rapid growth of Texas’s population and economy, the crunch is especially evident here. Owners are blaming the…View Original Post

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