Labor shortage gives retail and restaurant workers the upper hand—for now

Denny’s Mobile Relief Diner Source: Denny’s Restaurant chain Denny’s recently mobilized its 53-foot kitchen truck. Instead of serving up pancakes and coffee to natural disaster victims as it usually does, it had a different mission: A nationwide hiring tour. Employers are going to new lengths to attract workers. CVS Health dropped requirements for entry-level job candidates to have a high school degree. And Walmart is doling out bonuses to warehouse workers for staying on the job this summer and fall. For many low-wage workers, the tighter labor market means that…

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