Don’t Drink the Tea. Think With the WE.
Mar
2016
4

Before 1000s of Union Workers, Clinton Comes Out Against Tipped Minimum Wage

HRC tipped minimum wage

submit to reddit  

Speaking to supporters at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton announced her support of eliminating the tipped minimum wage, which enables some restaurants to pay as little as $2.30 an hour.  Clinton becomes the latest voice to call for the end of the practice and joins a movement of New York restaurants who are eliminating tipping and charging more for their food to pay their employees higher wages.

During the rally, Secretary Clinton said:

“It is time we end the so-called tipped minimum wage.  We are the only industrialized country in the world that requires tipped workers to take their income in tips instead of wages.  No one who works full time should have to still be living and raising their children in poverty.”

Joining Clinton on stage at the rally were New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.  Thousands of union workers were in attendance.

Saru Jayaraman, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United, praised Clinton. ROC United has nearly 18,000 worker-members in more than 30 cities in the U.S., has won 15 worker-led campaigns and recovered $8 million in stolen tips and wages. In a statement, Jayaraman said:

We applaud Democratic presidential front runner Hillary Clinton for coming out strongly in support of the elimination of the tipped minimum wage, and urge New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature to follow her lead by abolishing the sub-minimum wage system in New York once and for all.  

The tipped minimum wage is a destructive, archaic relic of the past that forces restaurant workers — largely women and people of color — to battle disproportionate rates of financial insecurity, poverty, discrimination, and sexual harassment. Nearly 70% of tipped restaurant workers are women, 40% of whom are mothers, working in casual dining establishments , and barely able to make ends meet. As Secretary Clinton explained before a capacity crowd at the Javits Center yesterday, “No one who works full time should have to still be living and raising their children in poverty.”

Governor Cuomo’s wage plan is a good start, but it is not enough. We implore New York’s legislature to not leave behind New York’s 270,000+ tipped workers. It’s time to eliminate the unjust, two-tiered wage system, and establish one fair wage for all New Yorkers.

advert

No Comments on “Before 1000s of Union Workers, Clinton Comes Out Against Tipped Minimum Wage”

No one has commented on this entry yet.

Leave a Reply

*
To prove you’re a person (not a spam script), type the security word shown in the picture. Click on the picture to hear an audio file of the word.
Anti-spam image