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Servers to Protest for Higher Wages Outside NRA Meeting

April 16, 2012
With National Restaurant Association members in town for a conference and Hill visits, between 75 and 100 servers and activists from the Restaurant Opportunities Center are set to rally Tuesday in support of an increased federal minimum wage for tipped workers, which now stands at $2.13 per hour.

The activists blame the NRA's lobbying power for the 1990s-era wages. At the protests, they will be dressed as waiters and singing Boyz II Men songs from 1991 rewritten with protest lyrics. They will also attempt to shadow the NRA members on their Hill visits and talk to lawmakers about legislation that would mandate a higher minimum tipped wage.

According to the Department of Labor, employers have to make up the difference if a worker does not receive enough tips and wages to reach the non-tipped federal minimum wage of $7.25. Many states have higher minimum wages for tipped employees.

In a statement, the NRA's Sue Hensley said: "Unfortunately, there are some who are attempting to make a false claim that tipped workers earn less than the minimum wage. The federal minimum wage for all employees is $7.25 per hour, including workers who receive tips. No worker can legally earn less than $7.25 per hour."

She added: "Legislation increasing the required minimum employer paid wage for tipped employees would force employers to redirect payroll dollars away from employees who do not earn tips, and give them to tipped employees who are usually earning far in excess of the minimum wage."

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