Washington Minimum Wage: Seattle’s Dick’s Drive-In To Increase Minimum Wage To $19 Per Hour: There has been a shortage of labor nationwide who has made it harder for the restaurants, to retain their staff and they are facing issues when it comes to hiring, one of the fast-food chains in Seattle is seemingly upping in hourly wages in order to entice more workers.
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The president of Dick’s drive-in naming Jasmine Donovan has announced on Wednesday that the fast-food company is all set to bump up starting wages to $19 per hour which is going to happen at the beginning of 27th September. The workers will automatically move up to $20 per hour as they are going to pass the first skill tests.
The skill test usually occurs after 12 weeks of employment, bonuses and raises also come with more skill training and the pay rate for the crew now stand at $21.75, there are many locations that are understaffed, it has been further announced by the company, the employees who are working for more than 32 hours a week are going to be eligible to earn overtime through the remainder of the year.
It has been stated by Donovan, most of the employees who are working in the restaurants are facing the problem of understaffing and they are putting up a real hard work to maintain the quality of the food and to provide instant services to the customers, the company is going to be reducing hours at several locations.
There are going to be more workers who are going to be hired and trained, the company is going to be reducing hours at several locations until there are more workers who can be hired and trained, the locations at Queen Anne and The Lake City Holman Road are going to remain close at 8:00 pm, the other locations are going to be working in their normal hours.
It has been stated by the owner, he knows from personal experience as to much hard work the employees put in, what they are doing is so much more than making food, with every burger, fry and shake, we are providing them with an experience which they are going to take away from the restaurant.
The announcement has been widely praised, the company has found itself in hard water over the last few months due to alleged health and safety complaints, in the month of March there were five workers at the fast-food chain who have filed complaints, alleging labor and health violation, it seems like the company is trying to clean their image.