The federal tipped minimum wage has been $2.13 since 1991.
In 1991, a loaf of bread cost 70 cents, the average annual salary was $29,000, and the minimum wage for tipped employees was $2.13.
22 years later, bread costs $2.89, and American workers are taking home $40,000.
But the minimum wage for tipped employees is still $2.13.
Servers use food stamps at double the rate of the rest of the US workforce, and are three times as likely to live in poverty. The Miller-Harkin Fair Minimum Wage Act which would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10/hour over the next 3 years and the tipped minimum wage from $2.13 to 70% of the regular minimum wage would lift millions out of poverty and cost consumers an extra dime a day.
No one should earn less than the minimum wage. It’s time to move toward one fair minimum wage for all workers.