Thoughts on the New Minimum Wage
For those who do not know, the federal minimum wage recently went up to $6.55/hr and will increase to $7.25 this time next year. Great, that’s fine. However, the server minimum wage remains the same $2.13/hour that it has been since 1991.
First, there is no moral justification for paying servers less than any other profession. The whole, “they make their money from tips” thing just doesn’t wash. Not unless the government is going to pass a law that says if you don’t tip 20% regardless of service then you spend a night in the poky. And a law like that is just as crazy as a law that says CEO’s, salesmen, and retail manager’s can receive bonuses that are separate from their salary, but servers have to chose one or the other.
Servers should make the same minimum as any other profession and then tipping can go back to being what is was supposed to be, a bonus for a job well done. As the law stands now not tipping is against the law, however the government punishes the victim rather than the offender. You see server’s still have to pay taxes on tips even if they don’t get them. And in today’s economy they are not getting any. The restaurant server is an endangered species in America.