to all that BS I read about we will be just fine, get real, your job and everyone else is in serious jeopardy.
You are correct about getting rid of dead wait, but they also got rid of good employee's. Have you noticed that HOS is running adds for new hires as of today, while they have a large pool of good people sitting home hoping to get a call. HOS can bring in a new employee at a much reduced day rate and put him in the so call training program which will keep the new employee at a low day rate for a long period of time.
Please don't expect things to get better, it will get a lot worse.