TAKE ACTION: Save the Tip Credit!
National Minimum Wage/Tip Credit Campaign Background advocacy message from the National Restaurant Association:
Take Action: Save the Tip Credit!
There is a lot of change here in Washington. We have new leaders in Congress and the White House, and the National Restaurant Association is already working with them on behalf of the restaurant industry. President Biden’s first order of business is to fast-track a COVID-19 relief bill through Congress, and we agree that long-term economic stimulus is needed. We remain focused on including the Senate version of the RESTAURANTS Act in any relief plan.
But the proposed plan also includes a national $15/hour minimum wage, and elimination of the tip credit that allows tipped servers to take home far more each week. In some states, this would represent a 600% increase in labor costs – an impossible challenge to restaurant owners struggling to keep their doors open with dwindling revenues. Tipped servers generally earn between $19-$25 dollars per hour, and have been clear that they oppose efforts to eliminate the tipped minimum wage.
Now is not the time to rush through a bill that further sets back an industry that has endured more job loss and lost revenue than any other industry in the country… or that punishes tipped workers who look to the restaurant industry to make a better life for themselves.
Congress is drafting their stimulus plan now. We need you to weigh in today to ensure it doesn’t set back our restaurants and our tipped employees. Please click below to send a message to your elected officials.
Call to action link: https://p2a.co/rqIpPmv
The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) is pushing hard to save the tip credit and has developed a social media toolkit with language and graphics you can share on your social media pages.
They are also working with their national partners – the National Restaurant Association – and our counterparts in other states on a grassroots advocacy campaign so that lawmakers can hear from us all.
Here is the link to their grassroots activation campaign with our national partners.
We are sharing this with our Members and request you to help them amplify their message.