March 2016, Part III

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March 2016, Part III

NATIONAL ROUNDUP

Celebrating Women In The Service Industry.  As part of Women’s History Month, the National Restaurant Association is celebrating the important role women have played in the service industry noting that “restaurants offer a career path with no glass ceiling.” By highlighting success stories like Mirta Gutierrez who started out as a dishwasher and is now the head chef at a popular Washington D.C. restaurant, the organization is helping to showcase how “Restaurants provide opportunities to women of all ages and at all stages of their careers, from students to retirees and servers to owners.”

Serving Customers And Those In Need. Workers at one of the nation’s largest coffee retailers have helped launch an initiative to help those in need. In the March 22 story, Starbucks to donate all unsold food, Chain Store Age reports on the Starbucks Corp. FoodShare program to donate all leftover meals from its stores to local food banks.  John Kelly, senior vice president for Starbucks Global Responsibility, Community and Public Policy, credits associates in local stores for starting the program stating, “They saw the need for us to do more, and find a way to use our scale to bring more nourishing and ready-to-eat meals to those in need.”

A Bold Economics Experiment. As California takes steps to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022, New York Times reporters Noam Scheiber and Ian Lovett examine economist worries that “it could also increase unemployment among some of the very same economically marginal workers the wage increase is intended to help.” The March 28 story, $15-an-Hour Minimum Wage in California? Plan Has Some Worried, quotes several economists who worry about the potential job loss risks in a “bold economics experiment.”

From Part-Time Cashier to Company Executive. In Senior Kroger exec steps down, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports on Kroger employee, Marnette Perry, whose 44 years with the company exemplify the career advancement opportunities in the service industry. Perry joined the company as a part-time cashier in Portsmouth, Ohio during college, served as a member of the board of directors of Kroger Personal Finance and The Kroger Co. Foundation, and is retiring on April 29 as senior vice president of retail operations.  Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen commended Perry’s long career with the company stating, “Marnette’s story is one we can all be proud of: she joined Kroger for a job as a part-time cashier while in college, and stayed for a remarkable career.”

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