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The restaurant industry is America’s fastest growing economic sector; it's also among it’s lowest paying. Tipped workers are paid a separate, lower minimum wage that starts at $2.13 an hour at the federal level — a rate that hasn’t changed since 1991. We can — and we must — do better.

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  • Living Off Tips

    “If you are living off tips it means you are not getting a living wage. It means you are dependent upon the kindness, or generosity of strangers.”

    – Gloria Steinem
  • Living Off Tips

    “My dream has always been to give the best to my son, to be able to give him what I couldn’t have, and that he doesn’t suffer what I’ve suffered.”

    – Maria
  • Living Off Tips

    “Every two weeks we have no idea what our checks are going to be. We have no idea if we can make it month to month.”

    – Jennifer
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THE HILL: One Fair Wage – a major plank in Democratic platform

At just $2.13 per hour at the federal level, the sub-minimum wage system leaves tipped workers — largely women and people of color — disproportionately impacted by financial insecurity, sexual harassment, and discrimination. The movement for One Fair Wage seeks to eliminate this unjust, two-tiered wage system, and establish a fair, living wage for all workers.

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BUZZFEED: The Democratic Party Wants To Change How Tipping Works

Jayaraman credited Clinton, her top policy advisor Ann O’Leary, ROC’s advocacy and other worker groups for pushing the issue onto the national agenda. Tipping practices also received a wave of media coverage last fall, when star restaurateur Danny Meyer...

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