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Report: D.C.’s Tipped Workers In Poverty at Nearly Twice the Rate of All D.C. Workers, Experience High Rates of Sexual Harassment

“Mayor Bowser’s initiative to increase the minimum wage to $15 in D.C. is a step in the right direction,” says Saru Jayaraman, Co-Founder and Co-Director of ROC United.  “But...

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Letter to D.C. Council members: $15 for all must include tipped workers

Washington, D.C. Councilmembers,

We, the undersigned individuals and organizations support a minimum wage in Washington, D.C., that is one fair wage of $15 for all, tipped and non-tipped workers alike....

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Raising the tipped minimum wage: Good for workers, good for restaurants

Michael Saltsman’s assertion that raising D.C.’s tipped minimum wage would hurt servers was flat-out wrong . As a Manhattan restaurant owner, I’m proud to say that the...

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Talking story with ‘Forked’ author Saru Jayaraman about why tipping in restaurants is unfair to food servers

There’s no way to say this delicately, so I’m just going to come out and say it: tipping food servers is wrong. It’s messed up, unfair and appalling. Of course you should tip your servers if you eat out, but it’s clear the whole system is rigged against those who try to work in the restaurant industry. It needs to end. Hawaii, though known nationally as a progressive place to live and work, is anything but when it comes to compensating restaurant workers properly.

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The Surprisingly Dark History of Tipping

According to Jayaraman, the notion that customer tips could make up wages paved the way for the tipped minimum wage. "hese industries could claim that they were hiring these workers when nobody else would and providing them the opportunity to get tips,” she told ATTN:. The idea that those tips would be their wage, she added, "was agreed upon and codified into the very first minimum wage law that passed in 1938 as part of the New Deal."

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Olive Garden Targeted in Minimum Wage, Animal Welfare Protests

In 2014, ROC released a report that found the company could pay all of its workers $15 per hour simply by redirecting $.10 of every $5 in sales — or 2 percent of sales  — toward employees' salaries.

But according to...

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