BFMW In the News

Washington Examiner: Reopening, but in danger: Restaurants fear for survival under social distancing

By Jay Heflin
Washington Examiner, June 3, 2020

Restaurants across the United States are slowly and gradually reopening but face an existential risk: Many restaurants cannot survive below full capacity, meaning that the jobs of the roughly 6 million servers and bartenders laid off in the pandemic are still at stake. ...

Furthermore, patrons are not the only ones concerned about dining out. Some servers are also worried about returning to work.

“It’s too soon,” said Ned Atwater, owner of six restaurants in Maryland.

The Guardian: Extra $600 in jobless pay offers many a lifeline – but will it be renewed?

By Amanda Holpuch
The Guardian, May 25, 2020

... The March coronavirus stimulus package provided an extra $600 in weekly unemployment benefits for four months for the now 39 million people who have lost their jobs because of the pandemic ... Last year, the weekly payment for unemployment was on average nearly $378, according to the US labor department. Come August, the workers who aren’t making more on unemployment will suddenly face an even bigger drop in pay.

CBS 6 News: Virginia business owners weigh the realities of reopening during COVID-19

By Jake Burns
CBS 6 News, WTVR-TV, Richmond, May 5, 2020

Virginia businesses are weighing two difficult options, one day after Governor Ralph Northam extended his closure order to May 15th: open their doors with restrictions to start making money again, or remain closed to protect the health of their employees and customers.

Alex Zavaleta and his co-owner at Charm School Social Club, an ice cream shop in downtown Richmond, have been hand scooping to-go pints for weeks after having to lay off their staff in mid-March when the virus began spreading in Virginia.

Boston Globe: John Schall: Restaurant industry’s survival of coronavirus depends on regulating delivery app fees

Op-Ed by John Schall
Boston Globe, April 28, 2020

COVID-19 and the resulting public health ban on dining out have plunged American restaurants into a crisis that many won’t survive. Those that remain open have become dependent on third-party delivery services. But the dominance of a few delivery companies creates its own dire financial threat to the survival of the very restaurants they serve. ...

Boston Globe: Emily Kanter: Many cannot heed call to ‘work from home’

Letter to the Editor by Emily Kanter
Boston Globe, March 11, 2020

Below is an incomplete list of all the people who cannot “work from home” and who run the risk of their livelihoods being drastically affected if our local, state, and federal governments do not act to create broad-based economic solutions to support all this “social distancing” we’re talking about.

WAMU: $15 Minimum Wage Bill Passes Virginia House

By Ally Schweitzer
WAMU, Feb 11 2020

The Virginia House of Delegates has approved a bill that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 by 2025. Legislation sponsored by Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton) passed the chamber 55-45 Tuesday. ...

The Virginia Interfaith Center, progressive groups and the organization Business for a Fair Minimum Wage applauded the bill’s passage.

WTVR-TV (CBS): Bill that would gradually raise Virginia's minimum wage to $15 hour passes House

By Vernon Freeman Jr.
WTVR-TV (CBS), Feb 11, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. – A bill that would gradually raise Virginia's minimum hourly wage to $15.00 per hour, is one step closer to becoming state law. The Virginia House passed HB 395 along a party line vote Tuesday afternoon, 55-45. ...

However, other groups like, Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, applauded the House’s passage of the bill.

Progressive Populist: Business and the Rising Minimum Wage

 By Seth Sandronsky
Progressive Populist, Feb 1, 2020

A new year is bringing higher wages to many folks who labor for a living in America. Nearly seven million US workers out of a paid labor force of 157 million are getting minimum wage hikes in 25 states and the District of Columbia in 2020. Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, a national advocacy group, backs that hourly pay increase partly for how it can cut employee turnover and reduce the price tag to hire and train new workers.