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Panera bakers stand tall in face of anti-union campaign



So-called "fast-casual" restaurants like Panera, Chipotle, Chopt and Cosi have come to occupy an increasingly large swath of the American dining landscape. Panera has expanded rapidly in recent years, and now boasts 1,600 locations in 44 states. By combining convenience with fresh, high-quality ingredients, it aims to offer something better than fast food.

But how much better are the jobs? About $10.45 an hour or $21,000 a year. Dave Jamieson of the Huffington Post examine the cause of Panera bakers, who are trying to form a union. Ninety percent of them in Battle Creek, Mich., have signed cards but the franchise owner is viciously fighting them.