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  • Remember to tip your food servers

    September 2023 ·  Rebekah Paxton ·  The Eagle

    If you dine out this Labor Day weekend, remember to tip your server or bartender. Tips and the tipped wage system allow restaurant workers to earn three to four times the minimum wage, on average. Top earners can bring in $40 or more. Anti-worker activist groups such as the Restaurant Opportunities Center are spending big to eliminate the tipping system. They oppose it for ideological reasons, and…
  • Taylor Swift should ignore the hollow hysterics of Unite Here Local 11 and continue shows as normal

    August 2023 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Orange County Register

    Thousands of spirited Swifties will descend on Los Angeles starting this weekend, for a six-night run of Taylor’s ERAS tour at SoFi Stadium. The fans will bring with them millions of dollars in needed economic activity for Inglewood and the surrounding community. The only group unhappy about this? Self-interested hotel union Unite Here Local 11. In a full-page ad in the Los Angeles Times, the union called on…
  • Los Angeles’s Inhospitality Union

    July 2023 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Wall Street Journal

    They want to impose a 7% guest fee and put vagrants next to tourists in hotels. Visitors to Los Angeles can soak up the sun this summer, but good luck finding a quiet hotel room. Thank Unite Here Local 11, the city’s militant hospitality union, which according to federal filings represents more than 20,000 workers. This month, members have gone on three raucous strikes during peak tourism season. Hotel workers…
  • Lawmakers should learn from DC’s harmful tipping experiment

    July 2023 ·  Rebekah Paxton ·  Washington Examiner

    On Saturday, the District of Columbia sees its second wage hike for tipped restaurant workers this year — going up to $8 per hour after rising to $6 per hour just two months ago. Yet even in its early stages, the city’s restaurants and employees are already feeling harsh consequences. Until this year, the district’s tip credit allowed employers to count service employees’ tips toward the regular minimum wage requirement. This…
  • Let CT restaurant employees keep their tips

    May 2023 ·  Christy Petriccione ·  The Hartford Courant

    The Senate is likely to vote on S.B. 1177 any day now, a bill that would cripple restaurant employees’ livelihoods forever. As a former server growing up in Connecticut, I’m concerned that eliminating the state’s tip credit will do more harm than good for hardworking restaurant employees. Serving not only provided me with extra income during my high school and college years, but it taught me foundational skills in…
  • Letter: Tip Well

    April 2023 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  New York Daily News

    Arlington, Va.: Re “Pay employees wages, not tips” (op-ed, April 5): Saru Jayaraman ignores the real impacts of eliminating New York’s tip credit on tipped restaurant employees. In fact, thousands of tipped employees, including many in New York, have opposed Jayaraman’s advocacy for years. Her organization’s bill to end the tip credit would turn a lucrative position into a flat minimum-wage job. New York tipped restaurant employees…