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Go to School if You Don't Like Making Minimum Wage...Oh, Wait a Minute

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The next time you hear someone say minimum wage workers need more education if they want to make living wages, pull this bad boy graphic up. 

Hat tip to Upworthy's Workonomics section

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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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Want to Eat at Restaurants That Treat Their Workers Well? There's an App for That

To support employers in the restaurant industry that do treat their workers well, check out the ROC Diners Guide so we can vote with our dollars on the kinds of establishments we want to see more of. 

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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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New York City Fast-Food Workers: Everyone Deserves a Living Wage

Photo credit: Nora Frederickson

I was honored to be in New York City yesterday supporting Wendy's workers take to the streets for a living wage. They joined hundreds of workers in other fast-food joints across New York City for the largest strike the fast-food industry had ever seen.

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Is It Too Much to Ask That a Working Mother Gets Paid Enough to Feed Her Family Without Food Stamps?

Photo courtesy of the South Carolina AFL-CIO

South Carolina AFL-CIO sends us this updateOn Monday, more than 50 community members from Boiling Springs and Spartanburg, S.C., participated in a “dine-in” at Copper River Grill in support of the servers, bartenders, hostesses and other workers as they fight for a voice on the job and the right to self-representation at work. The community wore stickers today that read "I Support the Workers of Copper River Grill." 

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