The restaurant industry’s record profits are built on the backs of its low-wage workforce. The National Restaurant Association (the lobby for corporate restaurant brands) aggressively blocks wages to both the full and tipped minimum wage. Today marks 4 years since the full minimum wage was last increased; if it kept up with inflation, it’d be $10.74. Instead, it’s $7.25. Even in the cheapest county in the US, it’s not enough to get by.
Even worse – not only is the US one of the only countries with a separate sub-minimum wage for tipped workers, but it’s been frozen at $2.13 per hour for the last 22 years! Today, thousands of living wage supporters spanning 30 cities are standing with low-wage workers to call on the largest low-wage employers to stop blocking fair wages. Our local chapters are taking action at Darden-owned restaurants (Olive Garden, Capital Grille, Red Lobster); Darden Restaurants Inc. is the largest member of the “Other NRA” and an aggressive opponent of both living wages and paid sick days.
Fortunately, support is growing to raise the tipped and minimum wages! Our petition in support of the Fair Minimum Wage Act is 97,000 signatures strong. Please add your name and share with everyone you know!