This week, ATTN: released its second video with Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, in coordination with ROC United to raise awareness about the working conditions of tipped restaurant workers in America. Currently, 43 states only guarantee these workers a minimum wage of $2.13 an hour, arguing that gratuities supplement hourly wages. They also say that raising the tipped minimum to equal the $7.25 federal minimum would force layoffs, stifle hiring, and reduce industry growth. But the opposite has proven true. In the seven states with a higher minimum wage for tipped workers, there has been an increase in sales per capita as well as job creation. Further, a higher minimum has not reduced tips, as some have warned. Instead, tip amounts have remained the same or even gotten higher.
Watch Jane and Lily’s full message by clicking the pic below: