SAVE THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY: Stop Governor Cuomo from abolishing our server’s tip credit

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THE NY RESTAURANT INDUSTRY IS UNDER ATTACK!


*SIGN THIS PETITION NOW TO STOP THE BILL TO ABOLISH TIP CREDITS BEFORE ITS TOO LATE & YOUR NYC NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANTS/BARS SHUTTER & YOUR LOCAL SERVERS ARE OUT OF JOBS/RECEIVE LOWER WAGES. *


Governor Cuomo, who is pressure from a group of well-funded interests with celebrity backers who are not educated on the local regulations that protect low wage restaurant workers, wants to abolish tip credit which allows restaurants to pay tipped workers, like servers and delivery workers, a lower base minimum wage if their tips equal the full amount. This type of payment is legal and helps keep labor costs down for restaurants that operate on small profit margins, while allowing workers to earn a lot more than just the minimum wage in tips. New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo sent shocks waves through the restaurant industry by announcing that he will hold public hearings to examine if he should eliminate the tip credit. 

A survey of NYC Hospitality Alliance members, who together employ 14,000 tipped workers, found their median wage to be $25 an hour, more than the minimum wage!


-The majority of restaurant owners make small margins and are constantly fighting unfair rent surges & unfair licensing costs. Eliminating the tip credit will jeopardize their ability to make a profit, pay off debt, recoup their investment and expand. With the abolishment of the tax credit, restaurant owners will be forced to lay off servers to keep afloat, detrimentally change the way they staff and operate, suffer and close because they can’t afford the massive expense of losing the tip credit. 
-Servers who aren’t laid off will have no choice to work longer hours or work an additional job to compensate for the loss of their tips! 
-This may well cause increase wage theft, reduced work hours, increased workload, fewer full-time jobs and lower their earnings when customers tip less or not at all due to much higher menu prices or no-tipping polices instituted to offset the loss of the tip credit.


THIS WAS PROVEN TO FAIL!  When the tip credit was eliminated in Maine, tipped workers rallied and had it reinstated after their take-home pay decreased. In fact, 43 states in the U.S have a tip credit, most of which are larger than New York’s.


Join the National Restaurant Bar Association, NYC hospitality & restaurant associations, & your local restauranteurs & staff to put a stop to this bill that has proven to fail! Inquire if you’d like to join our group of activists at local NYC rallies & industries meetings! 

 
References: 

https://nypost.com/2018/03/16/tip-for-gov-cuomo-dont-mess-with-the-tipped-minimum-wage-laws/ 

https://www.pressherald.com/2017/06/13/maine-house-passes-bill-to-restore-tip-credit-to-minimum-wage/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewrigie/2018/01/15/why-nyc-restaurants-need-the-tip-credit/#3282cd427b09

 



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