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Ugly history of tipping in America

Tipping actually originated in the aristocratic homes of feudal Europe.... When tips came to the United States in the late 1850s, 1860s, there was a massive anti-tipping movement. It was actually considered to be undemocratic, un-American.... Well that movement, which came right around the time of the emancipation of the slaves, was squashed by the restaurant industry, which argued that they should have the right to hire newly freed slaves and not pay them anything as valueless people and essentially let them live on customer tips. And so many...

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TIME: How the Restaurant Industry Could Change the World

Food labor activist Saru Jayaraman says the restaurant industry is “the floor of our economy… it is literally the worst employer in the United States.”
So what happens when...

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DC Mayor Bowser Short-Changes Tipped Workers

Washington, D.C. – As a popular ballot measure is poised to increase the minimum wage for all of DC’s workers, Mayor Muriel Bowser has decided to forego the will of the people with a woefully inadequate initiative of her...

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Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton Visits Worker-Owned Restaurant in New York City, Endorses Campaign to Eliminate Tipped Subminimum Wage

New York, NY — Tuesday evening, restaurant workers advocating to raise the subminimum wage for tipped workers to the full minimum wage in New York State and nationwide were...

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PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: A new labor group tactic: Pittsburgh businesses earn positive ratings

“Mixtape is a small business in our community proving that businesses can both treat their workers fairly and still make a profit,” said Jordan Romanus, lead organizer with R.O.C. United of Pittsburgh. “We believe that it’s time to start highlighting local businesses that offer living wages and benefits and call for a statewide adoption of one fair wage for all workers.”

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GAMBIT: 3-Course Interview: Saru Jayaraman

Over that period, the restaurant industry has argued that there is no reason to pay these workers a (higher) wage. They paint the picture of a white guy working in the French Quarter in a fine dining restaurant. The...

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