For Immediate Release: March 24, 2015
Contact: Maria Myotte, maria@rocunited.org, 720-352-6153

Sen. Patty Murray and Democrats Likely to Propose $12 an Hour Minimum Wage with Tip Credit Elimination

Federal ‘One Fair Wage’ Legislation Could Be Introduced in Coming Weeks

The following statement can be attributed to Meg Fosque, National Policy Director for Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United.

“ROC United applauds Sen. Murray’s steps toward proposing ‘One Fair Wage’ to ensure that the federal minimum wage approaches an actual living wage for all workers, including tipped workers like servers, bartenders, and bussers who have been getting paid as low as $2.13 an hour for a quarter century. At $7.25, the federal minimum wage is certainly not enough for anyone to get by and the $2.13 an hour tipped minimum wage is abysmal and embarrassing: servers, who are overwhelmingly women, use food stamps at double the rate of the rest of the US workforce and are three-times as likely to live in poverty. With 90% of women tipped workers reporting that they deal with sexual harassment on the job, the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers exacerbates the highest levels of sexual harassment in any industry. Polls show that majority of Americans want one, fair minimum wage. ROC will continue to fight for a fair minimum wage that enables people to work with dignity and support their families.”

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Murray, Democrats move toward proposing $12-an-hour minimum wage:
http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepolitics/2015/03/23/murray-democrats-move-toward-proposing-12-an-hour-minimum-wage/

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Co-founded by leading workers’ rights advocate Saru Jayaraman (“One of the top 50 most influential people in the restaurant industry” – Nation’s Restaurant News) ROC United has grown to over 13,000 worker-members across 26 cities in the US, winning 15 worker-led campaigns, totaling $8 million in stolen tips and wages.