28 years ago, the federal minimum wage for tipped workers was frozen at $2.13 by the National Restaurant Association. Since then, tipped workers across the country have struggled to get by. They experience high rates of poverty, discrimination, wage theft and are forced to rely on the kindness of strangers for a paycheck. The reality is harsher for women — the restaurant industry is both the largest private sector employer of women and the single largest source of sexual harassment claims in the U.S.
The answer? One Fair Wage.
When tipped workers are paid the full minimum wage as other workers — with tips on top, reports of sexual harassment are cut in half, families are lifted out of poverty, and people are given the dignity and respect a fair wage provides.
Show your support by joining the Boston Restaurant Opportunities Center chapter to demonstrate at the Statehouse for One Fair Wage from 10am - 11:30am. The ROC is seeking supporters to be present bodies to help legislators visualize how many people care about this shift in tipping/hourly wages policy.
Representatives from all ROC chapters will simultaneously be demonstrating at Congress in D.C. as a nationwide demonstration.