Jefferson coffee shop flooded with applications after raising wage to $15 an hour | News

JEFFERSON: Bold. Refreshing. Ethically sourced.

And that’s just the coffee shop owner.

Rich Osborne, who owns Greene Bean Coffee in downtown Jefferson with wife Reagan, said they “knew it was the right thing to do, the right direction to go” when they recently instituted a new starting wage for all employees: $15 an hour.

What they couldn’t foresee was how the move would upend the narrative that an ongoing labor shortage — one that has caused some businesses to limit hours — is the fault of people who “don’t want to work.”

The Osbornes in early July advertised their

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