Help Win One Fair Wage for New York

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It’s a shocking fact that companies in New York can still pay less than the minimum wage – just $5.00 per hour – to restaurant servers, delivery workers, and nearly a quarter-million other workers in the food service industry who receive tips. Although employers are legally required to "top off" a tipped worker's pay when it doesn't meet the regular minimum wage, enforcement is so lax and disorganized that what's being called "wage theft" -- employers violating minimum wage, overtime, and other wage and hour laws --has reached epidemic levels.

We need your help to eliminate the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers in New York.

High poverty, low wages, and unstable paychecks are a common way of life for New York’s tipped workers – roughly 70% of whom are women. As Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein wrote in the Buffalo News last month, "This is fundamentally a moral issue. Respecting the dignity of human beings requires that we respect the dignity of their work. For tipped workers, that means paying a fair and reliable wage."

Governor Cuomo has now called for a Wage Board to study the state’s sub-minimum wage for tipped workers – and with the stroke of a pen, the Cuomo administration can end this unfair and outdated policy by issuing a wage order requiring employers to directly pay tipped workers the full minimum wage, with tips in addition.

Tell the Wage Board that tipped workers in New York deserve one fair wage!