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‘Day without Immigrants’ protests
15 Feb
2017
Written by MRA

‘Day without Immigrants’ protests »

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“The planned protest may be protected concerted activity under the National Labor Relations Act. Therefore, employers should refrain from taking action against employees who participate in, or encourage others to join in, the scheduled refusal to work because of the exercise of their protected rights.

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Data shows the importance of foreign-born workers
14 Feb
2017
Written by MRA

Data shows the importance of foreign-born workers »

Competition for employees is also heating up in the restaurant industry. 27 percent of restaurant operators said recruiting-and-retaining employees is the single most important challenge facing their business. This was up from just 9 percent two years earlier.

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An Online Review Case to Watch
15 Jan
2017
Written by MRA

An Online Review Case to Watch »

Of course, restaurateurs have no problem with reviews based on honest, firsthand experiences. What they do have a problem with are disparaging comments posted on sites like Yelp by people who may not even have had a firsthand experience at the restaurant in question.

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Op-Eds and Letters to the Editor on behalf of the Industry
4 Jan
2017
Written by MRA

Op-Eds and Letters to the Editor on behalf of the Industry »

Missouri Restaurant Association regularly communicates with the media on behalf of the restaurant industry. Such was the case around the holidays this year. To keep you better informed, MRA is including two recent submissions for your consideration.

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2016 Restaurant Neighbor Award
2 Nov
2016
Written by MRA

2016 Restaurant Neighbor Award »

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The prestigious Restaurant Neighbor Award was created through the joint efforts of American Express, the founding sponsor of the award, and the National Restaurant Association to recognize a select group of America’s restaurants that go above and beyond the call of duty in service to their local community.

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A Call for Judges
2 Nov
2016
Written by MRA

A Call for Judges »

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As we do every year, we are reaching out for help. We need judges for the Culinary Competition and the Management Competition. A required judges’ orientation will be held Thursday evening, February 16, at the Oasis.

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Job growth slowed abruptly in May
6 Jun
2016
Written by MRA

Job growth slowed abruptly in May »

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The labor market softened in recent months, with May representing the weakest job growth in nearly six years, according to the NRA’s Chief Economist Bruce Grindy.  HisEconomist’s Notebook commentary and analysis appears regularly on Restaurant.org and Restaurant TrendMapper.

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On-site foodservice: How hospitals, colleges and other operators are leveraging food trends
24 May
2016
Written by MRA

On-site foodservice: How hospitals, colleges and other operators are leveraging food trends »

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While restaurants get a lot of the attention when spotting industry trends, on-site foodservice segments like hospitals, colleges and universities (C&U), and business and industry (B&I) have become trend powerhouses in their own right, modernizing segments that haven’t always been known for their dining and retail options.

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Consumers more upbeat about local economy
10 May
2016
Written by MRA

Consumers more upbeat about local economy »

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Nearly four in 10 adults describe the state of their local economy as either “excellent” (7 percent) or “good” (30 percent), which is twice as many as reported similarly about the national economy.

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Restaurant operators optimistic, but labor fears loom large
18 Apr
2016
Written by MRA

Restaurant operators optimistic, but labor fears loom large »

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Sales are improving and restaurant companies are optimistic about the future, but labor concerns loom large: This is the conclusion of Nation’s Restaurant News’ annual Operator Survey. NRN surveys operators about their current conditions, the factors influencing those conditions and their outlook for the future.

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