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Three Ways to Raise Wages

Three Ways to Raise Wages

For a lot of working people, this holiday season will be one of belt-tightening rather than shopping sprees. Let’s face it, our wages just aren’t keeping up the way they used to. Here’s a fact: Average income for the least rich 90% of us has been flat since the 1970s, although people are working more hours. Not a recipe for a holiday-buying bonanza.

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Movie Fiction Comes to Life for Tipped Workers and It’s Not Funny

OK, Reservoir Dog Mr. Pink was a bad guy, a career criminal and maybe even a killer. (We’ll never know for sure about that.) But even worse, Mr. Pink was a restaurant server’s horror story. No matter how hard a server busted his or her tail bringing his food and drink and making his meal pleasant or even memorable, Mr. Pink wouldn’t leave a tip.

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22 Years Without a Raise

The federal minimum wage for tipped workers—mostly servers in restaurants but also some workers in hotels, nail salons, carwashes and other industries—has been stuck at $2.13 an hour since 1991. Employers expect customers to make up the difference between the $2.13 and the federal minimum wage with their tips.

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$2.13 Is Not Enough: Restaurant Workers Confront Darden CEO Clarence Otis

Protest outside Darden Restaurants, Inc. shareholder meeting in Fla. Photo by Rob McGarrah

Darden Restaurants Inc., the company whose 28,000 workers serve at Red Lobster, Olive Garden and the upscale Capital Grille restaurants, found itself on the defensive in September, as CEO Clarence Otis tried to explain to shareholders why year after year earnings per share dropped and restaurant servers labored under a $2.13 per hour federal “tipped” minimum wage, with no paid sick leave.

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Netroots Nation: Why Alt-Labor is Important

Netroots Nation: Why Alt-Labor is Important

It's hard to argue with fairness. Pointing out the injustices for dancers in the music video industry is exactly how choreographer and chair of the Dancers' Alliance Galen Hooks found momentum around gaining basic workplace safety and benefits. Something as simple as a water break during an eight-hour video shoot (sometimes in the desert) and access to chairs were workplace safety and health basics  dancers simply did not have. But that all changed when the power of collective action spread across the dancer community, which often was hard to organize because of the nature of the business: multiple employers, different jobs every day and competition from fellow dancers who'll take any job (even if it's unpaid).

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Tell Us: How Can We Raise Awareness About the Need to Improve Wages and Working Conditions?

Saru Jayaraman.

Join Saru Jayaraman on Wednesday, June 12, from 2–3 p.m. EDT for the sixth in the AFL-CIO series of live online discussions on how we build a movement for the future of working people. Jayaraman, co-founder and co-director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC)—and the AFL-CIO—want to hear your ideas. She poses this question:

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Restaurant Worker Advocate to Appear on 'Real Time with Bill Maher' Tonight

Saru Jayaraman

Saru Jayaraman, co-director and co-founder of ROC-United, will appear on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" tonight at 10 p.m. EDT to discuss the importance of raising the tipped minimum wage for our country's 10 million restaurant workers. 

If you have HBO, be sure to tune in. 

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