It seems almost every business has a "Now Hiring" sign plastered on the front door, but not Texas' beloved Buc-ee's, the world record holder for largest convenience store, which has become a sensation on social media for retaining its workforce.
The jobs report from the Biden administration, which was released last week, showed that job growth for April was lower than expected, only rising by 266,000 people, leading economists to declare a workforce shortage across multiple sectors. Austinites can see businesses with "Now Hiring" signs just by going to their local coffee shop, gas station and retail store.
General counsel for Buc-ee's Jeff Nadalo said contrary to other businesses in the area, the beaver-themed convenience store has a huge amount of people who want to work at the company.
"With our very robust benefits plan and pay structure, we're still able to encourage and get applicants to apply," Nadalo told Austonia.
I've been to 4 different Buc-ees locations across the last 6 months. Not a single one had a sign lamenting that "nobody wants to work anymore" or apologizing for short staffing. https://t.co/6hBhtbbb5I
— Officially outlived Jesus (@theramblerouser) May 11, 2021
Buc-ee's proudly starts employees at just less than double the minimum wage at $14, advertises 40+ hour work weeks, offers three weeks of paid time off and has 401k and complete healthcare options for employees. Buc-ee's advertises the competitive compensation openly, displayed on signs at store locations.
Nadalo said Buc-ee's strives to create a positive work environment and promote from within, meaning applicants can join at an entry-level position and eventually be promoted to a management or corporate role.
"Our motto is 'Clean, friendly and in-stock,' and in order for us to satisfy each of those, we have to look at a business plan that serves the customer but also provides an environment where employees are going to want to stay and will encourage career development," Nadalo said.
Between the rising cost of living in Austin, income resulting from pandemic unemployment, changes in life plans and raising awareness over the treatment of employees in the workplace, people are looking for jobs that suit their needs.
Nadalo said there is one more reason people might be applying to Buc-ee's.
"We have really good barbecue."
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Despite a 2-0 deficit, there was a pot of gold for Austin FC after all as it celebrated its annual Pride Night with rainbows and a 2-2 comeback draw to FC Dallas Saturday night.
After three FC Dallas losses last season, the Dallas derby draw marks the first time Austin FC has tied against its Copa Texas rival. Austin continues to edge over FC Dallas as it sits at 3rd in the MLS West.
Here are the biggest takeaways from the match:
A somber start
Decked out in colorful hues for LBGTQ+ Pride, Verde fans started the match on a somber note as they held up banners to take a stand against gun violence before the match.
As the national anthem began, fans held up banners with the names of each child that was killed in the Uvalde school shooting and a plea to "end gun violence."
The supporters' section was also dotted with Pride flags and a "Bans off Our Bodies" banner in protest of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
FC Dallas earns a 2-0 lead
That sober tone continued onto the pitch. With midfielder Daniel Pereira's absence due to a red card, the Verde and Black lost two goals to FC Dallas by the 70th minute of play.
FC Dallas played it sneaky for the first half of the match, giving Austin FC plenty of room to hold possession as it waited to strike on a Verde error. That mentality proved dangerous for Austin as Dallas' Paul Arriola took advantage of Brad Stuver's deflection to score the first goal of the night in the 57th minute of play.
Dallas struck once more as Brandon Servant pushed past the Verde line to score the second goal of the match.
Austin FC strikes back
But energy quickly returned to Austin's favor thanks to Designated Player Sebastian Driussi, who scooted past several FC Dallas defenders alongside Moussa Djitte to snag an unlikely first goal for Austin.
A full Verde comeback
Austin's subs proved deadly as momentum returned to the home team toward the end of the match. A well-placed cross from Nick Lima—and a diving header from a fresh-legged Danny Hoesen—helped the team secure the draw with a second Verde goal in the 84th minute of play.
Hoesen, who was Austin's first starting striker last season, has now scored two goals with the team after a yearlong injury stuck him on the bench.
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Hours following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that guaranteed a constitutional right to an abortion, on Friday, about 1,000 people gathered in Republic Square with signs calling for change.
The rally, organized by the group Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights Texas, started at the federal courthouse on Republic Square on Friday at 5 p.m. before the crowd marched to the Texas Capitol. More protests are expected to ensue over the weekend.
People showed up with all types of signs like Mindy Moffa holding up, "Keep your filthy laws off my silky drawers."
Austin joined cities across the country that saw protests for a women's right to an abortion after the ruling.
According to a recent UT poll, 78% of Texas voters support abortion access in most cases.
Sabrina Talghade and Sofia Pellegrini held up signs directed at Texas laws. A Texas trigger law will ban all abortions from the moment of fertilization, starting 30 days after the ruling. When state legislators passed the trigger law last summer, it also passed laws for more protection of firearms, including the right to open carry without a permit.
Lili Enthal of Austin yells as around 1,000 Texans marched to the Texas Capitol.
From the Texas Capitol, Zoe Webb lets her voice be heard against the Supreme Court ruling.
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