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• The Chicago Sun Times reports that “ten workers recently laid off from Treasure Island Foods have taken legal action against the company in a lawsuit their attorneys hope will be granted class-action status. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal court in Chicago, alleges the company violated the state and federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification acts for not giving workers at its seven Chicago-area locations 60-day notice before laying them off and closing shop.

“Workers also allege Treasure Island violated the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act for failing to pay employees for accrued but unused paid time off.”

The company’s management and their attorneys have not commented on the suit.


• The Houston Chronicle has some bad news for a large percentage of hamburger fans in the US - In-N-Out “is committed to upholding the restaurant's policy of geographic exclusivity,” and will not go any further east than Texas.

In-N-Out “currently operates in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Texas,” the story says, and could expand into Colorado and New Mexico.

But no further east than that.

Company president Lynsi Snyder tells the Chronicle that “one reason for the decision is that corporate policy forbids the use of freezers or microwaves, and the more than 300 In-N-Out locations across the nation are situated within a day's drive of three central warehouses so that meat and other ingredients stay fresh.”

She also tells the paper that there’s another reason: "I like that we're sought after when someone's coming into town. I like that we're unique. That we're not on every corner. You put us in every state and it takes away some of its luster.”

I’m a little disappointed, but I get her point. If that means having to stop at the In-N-Out right by LAX whenever landing there for a double-double animal-style, I can do that, I don’t eat many cheeseburgers anymore, and I’m willing to hold out for those occasional trips.
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