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  • Dear Sens. Romney and Sinema: An $11 Minimum Wage Can Still Have Severe Consequences

    May 2021 ·   · 

    Last week, Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) presented a long-promised minimum wage “compromise” plan to the “Gang of 20” — a bipartisan group of senators looking to make policy changes. Earlier this spring, Sen. Joe Manchin signaled this new proposal may go for an $11 per hour target. Sources familiar with the meeting last week confirm the current plan includes phased increases to reach…
  • Connecticut’s “Fair Work Week” Law Actually Threatens Workers’ Flexibility and Jobs

    May 2021 ·   · 

    Predictive scheduling laws are nothing new – Chicago, New York City, Oregon state, San Francisco, and Seattle have all tried them. Connecticut is one step closer to joining them. In general, predictive scheduling laws seek to penalize employers in industries that are characterized by wide fluctuations in demand, including hospitality and retail, for adjusting workers’ schedules within a certain period of time. In doing so, these penalties…
  • Restaurants Driving Job Gains Compared to Industries with Fewer Minimum Wage Employees

    May 2021 ·   · 

    Amidst a disappointing April jobs report, President Biden remarked that raising wages would help businesses solve a labor shortage. Union-backed pro-wage hike advocates like the Restaurant Opportunities Center have also deemed the current labor situation a “wage shortage, not a labor shortage.” However, data regarding the leisure and hospitality industry, which employs a majority of minimum-wage earners, shows it is well ahead of other industries in terms…
  • Data Shows Share of Black and Hispanic Restaurant Workers Earning Tips is Growing

    May 2021 ·   · 

    In the fight to save state and federal tip credits, restaurant workers have rallied to support the traditional tipping system, saying their tips allow them to earn far beyond the regular minimum hourly wage. Analysis of Census Bureau data shows the average server in 2020 made $15.51 per hour, and many restaurant servers and bartenders report earning more, up to nearly $30 per hour (or beyond) with…
  • Full-Page Ad Thanks West Virginia Senators for Standing with Tipped Workers

    April 2021 ·   · 

    Today, the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) placed a full-page ad in the Dominion Post and Charleston Gazette Mail thanking West Virginia Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin for standing with West Virginia tipped workers and opposing legislation that would eliminate the federal tip credit. Senator Joe Manchin, a key senate vote, was crucial in these conversations. The ad features quotes from West Virginia restaurant workers on the importance of preserving…
  • Dems Get it Wrong on Linking Minimum Wage to Productivity Gains

    April 2021 ·   · 

    Advocates maintain various rationales for raising the minimum wage to extraordinarily high levels – yet none are rooted in historical or economic precedent. One such argument seems to be that the federal minimum wage should correlate with gains in labor productivity. This idea is so pervasive that various members of Congress have adopted it as a main talking point – Sen. Elizabeth Warren suggested in 2013 that…