For everyone 1,000 signatures, NationofChange will send a letter to the Department of Labor, demanding a raise for the federal minimum wage for tipped employees.

Update 1/25/17: We are sending the first letter to the Department of Labor with 1,000+ of your signatures. We will continue to send letters every 1,000 signatures. Thank you!

While other federal minimum wages have increased throughout the years, the minimum wage for tipped employees remains the same.

Since 1991, the federal minimum wage for tipped employees is $2.13 per hour, according to the Department of Labor.  While servers struggle to make ends meet earning poverty-level wages, discrimination and inequality continue to plague the restaurant industry.

The Department of Labor justifies the minimum hourly wage with tips – claiming that servers will make up the difference in their wage to that of the current federal minimum wage. And the National Restaurant Association is doing nothing to support the tipped employees; instead the association is reaping the benefits.

With more than 13 million restaurant workers in the U.S., most tipped employees are living below the poverty line while the National Restaurant Association is pocketing around $660 billion in revenue.

Employment in food services has been growing at a much faster rate than employment in general and the restaurant industry has continued hiring despite the recession.

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Let’s get with the times and make a change – tell the DOL to raise wages for tipped employees!

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Sincerely yours,

NationofChange and our readers, whose signatures are attached.



signed 4 weeks ago

Tipped employees live like servants reduced to begging. Not a proper life in the United States of America.


signed 1 month ago

Carolyn and Richard

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