The Third Shift: Child Care Needs and Access for Working Mothers in Restaurants

The restaurant industry is one of the largest sectors in the United States economy and is projected to be among those with the largest growth by 2020. It currently employs over 10 million workers. Between 2000 and 2010, our economy as a whole shed jobs at a rate of -0.2 percent. However, food services and drinking places are projected to create over 860,000 new jobs between 2010 and 2020. Despite the industry’s growth and potential for lifting the livelihoods of its workers, especially for women and mothers, working conditions have deteriorated and wages have not kept pace with growth.

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The Third Shift: Child Care Needs and Access for Working Mothers in Restaurants

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2 thoughts on “The Third Shift: Child Care Needs and Access for Working Mothers in Restaurants

  1. PNUT1

    The casino industry is just as bad, keeping workers on part time status, using “contractors ” and importing low paid foriegn workers.

  2. sbrickner

    How are employers getting around the minimum wage laws in order to pay these people less than minimum wage?

    That seems like a big part of the problem — raising the minimum won’t help if it’s subverted.

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