Union Protests Seek to Replace Fact with Fiction, Says NCCR
By Mel Fabrikant Thursday, December 05, 2013, 03:42 PM EST
The National Council of Chain Restaurants today issued the following statement from Executive Director Rob Green on planned union activities targeting the nation’s restaurant and small business community: “Today’s protests against the food service industry, orchestrated by special interest groups on behalf of organized labor, are part of an ongoing effort to replace fact with fiction while ignoring simple truths.
“It is a well studied and accepted fact that beyond teenagers and some part-timers, the vast majority of restaurant workers make more than the starting wage. Workers at the thousands of quick-service restaurant locations across the country are committed to their jobs and realize that these positions provide a foundation to develop skills and knowledge that lead to greater opportunities for advancement, within the restaurant itself or with future employers.
“Chain restaurants are a collection of small businesses in local communities around the country, and they are facing stiff economic headwinds resulting from laws like the Affordable Care Act and anticompetitive rules and regulations that penalize business and entrepreneurs alike.
“Choreographed street theater directed by Big Labor cannot replace thoughtful enactment of sound economic policies which will actually spur capital investment and create jobs.”
The National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR) is the leading trade association exclusively representing chain restaurant companies. For more than 40 years, NCCR has worked to advance sound public policy that best serves the interests of restaurant businesses and the millions of people they employ. NCCR members include the country's most-respected quick-service and table-service chains. NCCR is a division of the National Retail Federation, the world's largest retail trade group.