Local restaurants are the cornerstone of communities across the country. We are the nation’s second-largest private sector employer, creating first time jobs and careers in big cities and small towns. Restaurants are a place for people to gather and celebrate special moments with loved ones.
Restaurant operators face a number of challenges and opportunities in Congress and in state governments across the country. As the voice of the restaurant and foodservice industry, the National Restaurant Association advocates for federal policies that help restaurant operators and their employees thrive in a customer-driven business environment.
Interchange or “swipe fees” cost businesses $77.5B in 2021. Unfortunately, lack of competition in the credit card processing network sector continues to drive these fees higher, straining businesses and consumers battling the long-standing effects of inflation.
Tipped employees have fought to protect the long-standing tipped income system because of the greater earning potential it creates. Research has shown that tipping helps restaurants with slim profit margins recruit and retain top talent.
People are the restaurant industry’s greatest asset. Tell your Congressional representatives to help small businesses thrive by passing the Essential Workers for Economic Advancement Act.
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