Thursday, July 3, 2014

Higher Wages for Tipped Workers

The federal minimum wage for tipped workers has been frozen at $2.13 an hour for more than two decades. After taxes, many tipped workers must survive on the cash tips they receive. And restaurant servers — 70 percent of whom are women — are three times more likely to fall below the poverty line than the overall workforce and twice as likely to be on food stamps. During a June 29 segment of National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," Secretary Perez discussed how the restaurant industry is thriving in states that already require employers to pay their tipped workers the same as the minimum wage for all workers.

Listen to the NPR Segment

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