A Friendly Bread’s founder, Lane, used to work as a community organizer focused on labor rights. He saw, and fought to change, the ways in which workers are exploited in so many sectors of our economy. While standards for compensation are not stellar in the food industry, Lane decided that providing dignified compensation is not only fair, but good for business.
- Starting wages at A Friendly Bread are $19/hour, and the plan is to increase the standard production wage to $25/hr by the end of 2023
- All permanent employees have access to medical (including mental health), dental and vision insurance through A Friendly Bread; as well as 3 weeks of Paid Time Off per year
- Employees are guaranteed work-life balance, enjoying 40-hour work weeks (with the tiny, rare exception of a couple hours of overtime) and 2-day weekends
We are constantly exploring new options to provide dignified compensation for our employees.
Not only is A Friendly Bread’s founder and owner, Lane Levine, a gay man but he has worked throughout his career to support advancement for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) people. His first job out of college, as a Student Organizer for GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network), focused on addressing anti-LGBT bullying in schools. In his last job before starting A Friendly Bread, as the Population Health Project Manager for LifeBridge Health, he led the hospital system to achieve recognition as a Top Performer in the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index. As a business, A Friendly Bread is certified as an LGBT Business Enterprise, which allows us to build relationships with other businesses; achieve preferred status in bid selection processes; and generally provide visibility to the public.