MAJOR CHAIN RESTAURANT TO RAISE STARTING WAGE FOR SERVERS TO $14/HOUR
Houston-based Joe’s Crab Shack understands that $2.13/hour subminimum wage for tipped workers is unfair and antiquated
The following is a statement from Saru Jayaraman, co-founder of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United:
“We applaud Joe’s Crab Shack on its announcement of a new wage structure to ensure that its servers in 10 states will receive a stable base wage, rather than relying on unstable tips for their income. As a restaurant company that spans 32 states — with locations concentrated in Texas, where the minimum wage for tipped workers is just $2.13 an hour — Joe’s Crab Shack sets a powerful example of how employers can pay a fairer base wage for all workers while improving the quality of service in their restaurants.
“We especially commend CEO Raymond Blanchette for understanding that the two-tiered wage system is antiquated, and that eliminating workers’ reliance on tips to survive will both enhance their employees’ financial security and reduce turnover that is costly for the company.
“This decision by a major chain restaurant to significantly raise the minimum wage for its servers is yet another sign that the movement for One Fair Wage is gaining momentum, and ROC is proud that our worker members are leading this transformation that’s underway in the restaurant industry.”
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 close to 18,000 worker-members across over 30 cities in the US, winning 15 worker-led campaigns, totaling $8 million in stolen tips and wages.