Struggle For Employment Forces This Chain To Make HUGE Changes

Written By BlabberBuzz | Tuesday, 12 October 2021 20:30

Chicken joint Raising Cane's is temporarily turning office workers into cashiers and cooks - placing them up in hotels at company expense - to assist shore up its labor force amid a worker shortage and growing wages.

According to plans that emerged in the last week, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based company will deploy a third of its 750 corporate workers, or 250 people, as front-line workers.

Another 250 marketers and trainers will change to a restaurant and recruiting jobs after the number of online applications declined last month, yet the company states it's added 5,000 crew members over the past year.

"It's all hands on deck," co-CEO and COO AJ Kumaran told CNN.

He told Fox News that the growing chicken costs and wages had challenged the fast-food chain.

Most of the company's corporate staff work out of Dallas, Texas. So it's unclear where they will be deployed, though Kumaran explained it's voluntary.

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The move comes after a disappointing jobs report on Friday revealed that the US economy added only 194,000 jobs of the 500,000 expected. In all, there are still 2 million more unemployed Americans than there were pre-pandemic.

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At company expense, the Raising Cane's reallocated workers will be housed in hotels for one to two weeks.

"It's obviously unprecedented, there's no playbook on how to get through it," Kumaran told CNN.

The executive announced Cane's would invest $70 million into worker wages, with hourly workers receiving 15 to 22 percent raises over the next few weeks.

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September's US jobs report discovered that "rising demand for labor associated with the recovery from the pandemic may have put upward pressure on wages."

The unemployment rate sank by 0.4 percentage points to 4.8 percent. Industries that saw gains in employment include leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, retail and transportation, and warehousing.

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Nevertheless, 7.7 million Americans are unemployed - meaning they are looking for work and not finding it - compared with 5.7 million in February 2020, before the pandemic.

Republicans are calling the new jobs numbers "pathetic" and announce it's evidence that President Joe Biden's multi-trillion spending plans aren't working.

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According to a new Quinnipiac Poll, the report served as another blow after Biden earned his lowest approval rating yet - 38 percent.

Raising Cane's has 600 locations in 31 states.

The company said moving its workers to in-store roles for a couple of weeks shouldn't be difficult because most have already gone through training as fry cooks or cashiers, CNN reports.

According to the restaurant's website, the first Raising Cane's opened at the entrance of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in 1996. It was founded by Todd Graves, whose title is listed as "Founder, CEO, Fry Cook & Cashier," with the help of a loan from the federal Small Business Administration.

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