Fight for #1FairWage Continues!

Rev. Paula Gravelle, NYS Council of Churches, photo by Skip Dickstein/Albany Times Union
Rev. Paula Gravelle, NYS Council of Churches, photo by Skip Dickstein/Albany Times Union

On Tuesday, a Wage Board held its final public hearing in Albany to consider raising the sub-minimum wage for tipped hospitality workers - which is currently just $5 per hour for food service workers. We joined tipped workers and faith leaders - including Rev. Paula Gravelle of the New York State Council of Churches and Robb Smith of Interfaith Impact NYS (pictured left) - in calling on the Wage Board to require employers to pay the full minimum wage to all workers. (Read more about the hearing below.)

Now, the Wage Board will deliberate before submitting its recommendations to Gov. Cuomo. It's not too late to submit testimony online! Email the Wage Board at wageboard@labor.ny.gov by Monday Dec. 15 and tell them why tipped workers need a raise.

Wage Board Urged to Raise Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers, New York Daily News, Dec 10, 2014

Tipped workers push for higher minimum wage in NY, Michael Virtanen, Dec. 9 2014

Advocates press for higher tip wages, WGRZ.com (Gannett), Dec. 9 2014

Hospitality Trade Likes Tip Credits, Albany Times Union, Dec 9, 2014

Wage Board Holds Final Hearing on Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers, News10, Rachel Yonkunas, Dec. 9, 2014

Make Tips What They Are, A Reward for Good Service, Albany Times Union, Dec 7, 2014