As the Fight for $15 gains momentum nationwide, Congress is taking decisive action. Senators Patty Murray and Bernie Sanders in the Senate, and Representatives Bobby C. Scott and Keith Ellison in the House are introducing the Raise the Wage Act. The bill would raise the minimum wage nationally to $15 by 2024. It is a critical piece of legislation because it includes tipped workers in this historic wage increase.
Currently, tipped workers make as little as $2.13 per hour at the federal level. Forced to rely on tips to make ends meet, they face disproportionate rates of poverty and sexual harassment. In fact, the restaurant industry is the largest source of sexual harassment claims to the EEOC. Establishing a fair, living wage for all workers will give tipped workers the financial stability they need to support their families and combat harassment at work.
To learn more, click on the fact sheet below. Created by ROC United and the National Employment Law Project,”The Raise the Wage Act: The Gradual Elimination of the Unfair Subminimum Wage for Tipped Workers” provides a comprehensive overview of the current struggles facing tipped workers, and the necessity of the Raise the Wage Act.