A Call to Raise

Tracy Allen from the Restaurant Opportunities Center of Maine has called for raising the minimum wage for tipped workers in a guest editorial that appeared in today’s Press Herald.

Despite the fact that they make up such a huge portion of the workforce, many restaurant workers are paid the tipped minimum wage, which is less than the overall minimum wage.

Federally, that means tipped workers are paid just $2.13 per hour plus tips.

The tipped minimum wage has been frozen at just $2.13 per hour since 1991 — that’s 18 years! With the passing of each year, tipped workers effectively earn less and less, and many struggle to make ends meet.

2 comments on “A Call to Raise

  1. However, Maine has a higher minimum wage and the tipped wage is half of that so actually it is $3.28 an hour in Maine, and if tips do not equal minimum wage for the shift, then minimum wage must be paid. Just an FYI

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