Action Alert: Save the Tip Credit
CLICK HERE TO HELP SAVE THE TIP CREDITThere is a lot of change in Washington. We have new leaders in Congress and the White House, and the RI Hospitality Association and 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.
Thank you for staying engaged!
CLICK HERE TO HELP SAVE THE TIP CREDIT