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Weekly Update: Hospitality industry alert! New initiative could ultimately have impact nationwide

A ballot initiative petition has been filed, in Massachusetts, that would require any fast food restaurant or retail store making changes, cancellations, additions or reductions to the schedule of an employee within 14 days of a scheduled shift to pay not less than one additional hour and no more than four additional hours in addition to wages earned for hours worked.

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Restaurants find new ways to cope with a tight labor market

Restaurants are responding to the realities of this tight labor market by looking online for employees.

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Weekly Update: Liquor Control Board to adopt rules to fix pricing for spirits and wine

The Liquor Control Board (LCB) has signaled it plans to adopt a final version of rules that prohibit restaurants and bars’ ability to negotiate and receive preferential pricing on September 9.

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ProStart: A glimpse into the past, a window into the future

Twenty years ago restaurants across the United States had a problem.

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Weekly Update: Legislative session ends after 176 days

The Washington State Legislature adjourned on Friday, July 10, after what was officially the longest session in our state’s history at 176 straight days.

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Lifting people up!

Giving people a start is one of the cornerstones of our industry on so many levels

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Executive chef, what is your dream?

I was in Spokane recently, working with our Eastern Washington partner high schools in a pre-competition practice in preparation for the state ProStart Invitational.

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Washington state ProStart excels at nationwide competition

The Washington Restaurant Association (WRA) is pleased to celebrate another year of success for the Washington ProStart teachers and students. Every year our state excels at the National ProStart Invitational.

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The WRA Education Foundation: What it can do for you

By Lyle Hildahl, WRA Education Foundation director I was thinking that back when I had my restaurant, the landscape was very different. We had our challenges, but certainly not at

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Two Washington teams win cooking contest and move on to National competition

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 17, 2015 Contact: Stephanie Davenport OLYMPIA, WASH. – One hundred and six young students from across the state competed in the annual Boyd’s Coffee® ProStart

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Local teens compete in the state’s premier culinary competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 12, 2015 Contact: Stephanie Davenport When February 28, 2015 dawns it’s likely 106 young students will be awake to see it; filled with excitement over the

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Creating a smart, successful industry workforce—one program at a time

Insufficient training is easier to conceal in some industries than in others. But poor preparedness within the restaurant industry is nearly impossible to hide.

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Help ProStart and win a 2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 Cobra Coupe

Attention Muscle Car lovers! See how lucky you are and try to win a high performance 2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 Cobra Coupe with a V8 Supercharged engine, a 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive, and only 110 original miles. This sports car is pure entertainment and fun to drive!