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$2.13 Is the Tipping Point -- America's Food Servers Are Grossly Underpaid

Business  (tags: wages, tips, food service )

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Jayaraman's new book 'Behind the Kitchen Door' makes the case for a major wage hike.

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Carol H (40)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 6:15 pm
Ahhh, now we get into an area that few know about, unless they've worked in the food industry themselves. I can tell you in the late '70's (1970-1980) the pay for a waitress was about $2.00 an hour, give or take. It isn't much more than that now and it's 2014. Since President Regan, food servers/bartenders have had to declare a minimum amount of tips as income even if they actually didn't earn it. This supposedly was for the benefit of the employee when it came to filing for workman's comp or unemployment. It is an archaic and unfair system and should be done away with. I have heard that in Europe, tipping is not expected as they employees are paid a decent wage.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 12, 2014, 3:15 am
Noted, ty.

Christine Stewart (134)
Wednesday February 12, 2014, 2:58 pm
With tips, the wage may be much higher- but that's not fair to ASSUME they are well paid- some great waitstaff get stiffed by jerks- and the IRS still wants to tax their tips- whether they got it or not!

Jessica K (103)
Wednesday February 12, 2014, 3:31 pm
Some states do require the general minimum wage, but as is well known, that's not enough either. Noted and thanks.

Angelus S (120)
Thursday February 13, 2014, 5:27 am
And food servcie is a lot running around-- hard work. I am all for food service people earning at least $10 per hour
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