A Tip is Not a Wage!


Today, you can help end the $5 sub-minimum wage that keeps thousands of tipped workers across the state in poverty.

The state Wage Board is meeting at 12 p.m. in Syracuse to consider whether the sub-minimum wage should be abolished.

They need to hear from you now. Click here to stand with New York’s tipped workers to demand one fair minimum wage for everyone.

I’m sure you’d agree that in 2014 it’s unacceptable for anyone to be making less than the minimum wage. But that’s the reality for thousands of tipped workers in New York who earn just $5 an hour.

229,000 restaurant servers, delivery workers and other workers in the food service industry about 70 percent of whom are women are forced to rely on unstable paychecks that change based on things like the weather or time of their shift. That’s just not right.

This issue is simple. It’s matter of doing what’s right to ensure working families can make ends meet.

Seven states already recognize that a tip is not a wage and require that everyone be paid the full minimum wage.

Abolishing the sub-minimum wage will give tipped workers the stability they need to provide for their families and lift thousands of New York families out of poverty.

People who work hard every day should be able to afford the basics. Click here to add your name to the call for one fair wage.

Thanks for all that you do,

Karen Scharf

Executive Director
Citizen Action of New York

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