June 6, 2012 |
Grocery store chain Albertsons, a division of SuperValu Inc., is laying off up to 2,500 workers at its supermarkets in Southern California and Nevada in an effort to slash costs amid slumping sales. The layoffs will begin June 17 and affect a "small number" of employees at every Albertsons store in the two states, said company spokeswoman Lilia Rodriguez. The chain operates 213 supermarkets in California and 34 in Nevada. Rodriguez declined to comment on the numbers of lost jobs in Los Angeles, but said the majority of payroll reductions will affect California.
June 6, 2012 |
The roughly 20 million workers involved up and down the American food chain make up a sixth of the country's entire workforce -- a fifth if you exclude public employees. But they're not treated especially well, according to a new report. The Food Chain Workers Alliance interviewed some 700 workers and employers in food production, processing, distribution, retail and service sectors for its study. That includes employees at farms, slaughterhouses, warehouses, grocery stores, restaurants and more.
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May 3, 2012 |
A restaurant workers' group and a Los Angeles community clinic have launched a unique cooperative to provide health coverage to a group of people excluded from federal healthcare reform — illegal immigrants. The pilot program, believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, offers preventive and primary care to low-wage, uninsured workers in the restaurant industry. Legal immigrants and other restaurant workers who don't meet the criteria or cannot afford coverage under the healthcare law are also eligible.
April 16, 2012 |
If you are looking for work, your best odds of landing a job may be in the restaurant industry. In the 12 months ending in March, employment in eating and drinking establishments grew by 3.2%, more than double the 1.5% growth in total U.S. employment for that same period, according to a monthly report from the National Restaurant Assn. Eating and drinking places added 103,100 jobs in the first three months of the year, following a gain of 101,400 jobs in the last three months of 2011, according to the report.
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March 23, 2012 |
Amid continuing confusion over the cause of death of a Malibu restaurant worker, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said Thursday that it was looking into the incident to determine if there was a threat to public safety. Carlos Ivan Rodas, 32, was found dead Sunday night in a pool of blood in front of Guido's restaurant on Cross Creek Road; he had been sent to dispose of trash. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department initially reported that Rodas had been shot or beaten.
January 25, 2012 |
Offering restaurant workers good pay, benefits and career mobility might boost short-term costs for owners, but generous management policies help dining establishments save big in the long run, according to new research. The restaurant industry is a notoriously difficult place to work. Wages tend to be lower than those of any other occupation. Nine of 10 people on staff don't get sick days, paid vacation or health insurance. Advancing up the ladder tends to be a rare occurrence. The tough conditions are evident in worker productivity and retention, according to the research from Cornell University and Restaurant Opportunities Centers United.