Statement on CBO budget report

  • February 19, 2014
  • Press

ROC United Response to CBO Report on Impacts of Raising the Minimum Wage The following statement can be attributed to Saru Jayaraman, co-founder & co-director of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United. “Opponents of raising the minimum wage have been using the…

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Theresa

Theresa

Living off tips is horrible. It would be less gruesome if we could at least get the normal minimum wage. I have a college degree but I live in a small town and having been trying to save up money…

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Sara

Sara

With the server wage at $2.13 and the IRS changing the rules about how to tax the auto-gratuity (therefore causing my restaurant to eliminate it), it cost me and my serving partner for yesterday evening money to wait on a…

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Jacqueline

Jacqueline

A balancing act. I've been in the restaurant business for 8 years now. I am a single mother. I go to school full time. Because of the affordable health care act my hours were cut in half because my boss…

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Cynthia

Cynthia

Living off tips is like being a beggar. I support myself and two family members as a server. Sometimes restaurants are short staffed. I've had to wait on 30 tables at once which included brewing tea & coffee, fetching heavy…

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Joseph

Joseph

This is an untold story. A story that one in 12 Americans live every single day. I grew up in the restaurant industry. My great grandfather immigrated from Italy and opened a diner and a catering business in Franklin, MA…

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Gary

Gary

Living off tips is impossible and anyone who thinks otherwise is ignorant of the facts. I'm sure most people are good and would be shocked to learn servers make so little. On a really bad day they may be at…

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Colin

Colin

Living Off Tips is causing the people I know and love to go into incredible amounts of debt. There was so many times when I didn't even receive a paycheck. I would go into work EXPECTING not to get one.…

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Dylan

Dylan

My name is Dylan, and I'm only 16 years old. I started working as a server when my dad left this Father's Day (ironically). In my home its me, my mom, my brother, and my cousin now. We have child…

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Samantha

Samantha

Living off tips while serving tables is a very strenuous job. I am a mother of a 2 year old daughter who suffers from her father and I both working long hours where she spends most of the time at…

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