Hospitality industry struggling to fill positions

The Gumbo Diner, 3602 Seawall Blvd. in Galveston, posts it is hiring on its marquee sign April 30, 2021. The popular seawall eatery, like many businesses in the hospitality industry, is struggling to find enough workers to meet demand.


With the weeks ticking down before the arrival of peak summer crowds, the hospitality industry on Galveston Island finds itself in a state of crisis.

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(3) comments

Bailey Jones

Any business model that relies on paying employees less than a living wage does more damage than good to our society. Pay your employees what a human being is worth, and raise prices accordingly.

A century ago Americans spent 40% of their income on food. In 1960 it was 20%. Today it's less than 10% - among the lowest in the world. Half of that is eating out. A nation as rich and fat as America can afford to pay food workers a living wage.

Carlos Ponce

"Living wage" - one of those Liberal buzz phrases similar to "Jeder nach seinen Fähigkeiten, jedem nach seinen Bedürfnissen" - "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs" popularized by Karl Marx.

George Laiacona

The real problem is greed. Business owners have priorities. That is they have to first cover the expenses such as building mortgage, utilities, city licensing and more.After all that they have to be able to pay for their expensive life style, like high dollar homes and automobiles. You must number one comes first. It’s only natural that there is very little money left to sufficiently pay their employees a decent wage, let alone a benefit package. Employees also need a place to live when not at work. There is a very small number of rental units available on the island for workers earning less than $15.00 an hour. The hotel and restaurant industry need to get together and provide incentives for workers to actually work for less than unemployment benefits pay.

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