Member input needed on minimum wage issue

Member input needed on minimum wage issue

The Washington State Legislature will undoubtedly debate the question of raising the state minimum wage in the upcoming, 2015 session.  The Washington Restaurant Association has been asked by members of the Legislature to gather important information on the cost structure and impacts of changes in the minimum wage on restaurants (including taverns, private clubs, and other hospitality sector businesses).  The information will be used to educate legislators, the public and media on the economics of running restaurants (both quick and full service), and other hospitality sector businesses.  Additionally, the information will provide WRA with data on the impacts of a change in the minimum wage.

The information you provide is extremely important to our efforts.  While a summary of the information will be prepared, please be assured that any data you provide will be confidential.

Please take the time to fill-out the survey NOW.

Link to Full Service Survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9KGSZW5

Link to Quick/Limited Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JFVVWHT

This survey will require you to have available to you some key numbers in advance. The questions encompass:

  • average wages for key front of the house & back of the house positions
  • IRS 8027 Tips data
  • Turnover rate
  • Average menu pricing
  • Costs & debt load to build and open your restaurant(s)
  • Other operational and staffing questions

All participants are eligible for a drawing for one $500 Visa GC. If you have any questions or feel the quick/limited service survey is better suited for your operations, please contact Sheryl Jackson at sherylj@warestaurant.org or 800.225.7166, ext. 102.

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