Topic

wages

29 petitions

Started 3 months ago

Petition to Joe Beyer, Tammy Duckworth, Daniel Lipinski, Bruce Rauner, Dick Durbin, Joe Beyer

Stop restaurant owners from deducting "tip charge" fees from servers' tips

As a veteran in the service industry, I have recently come to find that it is totally acceptable by FLSA standards for restaurant owners to pass along credit card transaction fees, pertaining to the tip portion of the bill, on to their employees. Now with that being said, it is not THE LAW, it is just not illegal. It is however, bad employee/management relations, and something that needs to be addressed. As many know, a restaurant's waitstaff is taxed with W2 forms, not 1099s, as independent contractors, therefore, they do not have the discretion on which payments they'd like to accept. A business accepting credit cards as a form of payment, is a standard of doing business, which is now being passed down to employees. Not only is this kind of business dubious, dishonest, and crooked, it is also, more often than not, completely misused. Most credit card companies charge different percentages to use their services. Consequently, this makes it hard to find an average percentage on which to charge the employees for their "tip refund." By and large, employees are being overcharged by their employers.  This petition is important to me because not only am I in the service industry, but many of the most hard working people I know are as well. We are working 40 plus hours a week for these companies; without overtime pay, paid time off, FMLA, or healthcare. We work hard to feed our families. We spend countless hours away from our loved ones, providing exceptional service to our customers and being star employees, sometimes not even working for minimum wage. Passing down a charge for something the employee cannot control needs to end. After all, if the average 2% isn't a "big deal," then why aren't the business owners covering it?    

Destinee Kathryn
224 supporters
Update posted 12 months ago

Petition to Eric Holcomb, Robert E. Carter

Wage Adjustments for Veteran IDOC Staff

I am proud to be a part of the Indiana Department of Corrections. It is an important part of our Justice System. As Correctional Professionals we serve this great state with great commitments and honor. Our duties we carry out are to ensure safety, providing a secure environment, and accountability. We preform our duties without reserve we are a few against many. We submit our mind and bodies to the hostile nature of criminal environment. This job impacts our families, our friendships, and our personal demeanor. A lot of us do not seek out proper counselling or practice positive coping mechanisms because we can't afford it. Our friends and most importantly our families have to see us struggle silently and sometimes with tremendous personal cost with the burdens of our great duty. IDOC has now increased wages from $14.16 to $16.00 per hour. This is a very positive step to helping corrections gain valued numbers to keep each of us safer. IDOC needs to partner with their veteran staff to adjust wages in a manner that is mutually beneficial to the Department and the well being of the Veterans. Veteran staff who have weathered many storms and stood firm to their duty during this staffing crisis. Veteran correctional officers are getting a $1.00 raise and if their wages do not meet $16.00 after the increase they will be increased to $16.00. This means veteran staff of 3 years will be paid pennies more than new staff. However, all veteran staff have been impacted by this. The effects of uneven wages has devastated moral in the workplace. Instead of concentrating on building up staff we are tearing each other apart. Supervisors. Sergeants will receive a $.50 per hour increase. The minimum starting hourly rate will increase from $14.59 to 16.48. Sergeants, are being put in a position where they have to risk sacrificing their career by giving up their promotions. If a new employee being paid $16.00 an hour on day one gets a promotion to sergeant he/she would get a 15% raise resulting in a minimum wage of $18.40 cents with no experience. This is just $0.17 shy of what the minimum Lieutenant pay is. Veteran sergeants will be making 2 dollars less per hour than a new employee no experience and same promotion. This does not even take into count years of experience. Lieutenants will receive a $.25 per hour increase. The minimum starting hourly rate will increase from $16.44 to $18.57 per hour. If your hourly rate is below $18.57 per hour following the $.25 increase, your salary will be increased to the new $18.57 per hour minimum. Again Veteran staff are being put in a hard spot. If a new employee day one was promoted to sergeant and then immediately promoted to lieutenant a minimum wage of $21.16 is what they would be paid. This again does not include any years experience. Captains will receive a $.25 per hour increase. The minimum starting hourly rate will increase from $17.39 to $19.65 per hour. If your hourly rate is below $19.65 per hour following the $.25 increase, your salary will be increased to the new $19.65 per hour minimum. Again Veteran staff are being put in a hard spot. If a new employee day one was promoted to sergeant, promoted to lieutenant, and then promoted to captain a minimum wage of $24.33 is what they would be paid This again does not include any years experience. After all is said and done all veteran staff wages need to be reevaluated. With this petition for veteran staff wages I hope Idoc adjust veteran staff wages to the minimum below stated for veteran staff;Officers, $16.00 per hour plus $.25 per year experience or top wage met.Sergeants, $18.40 per hour plus $.25 per year experience or top wage met.Lieutenants, $21.16 per hour plus $.25 per year experience or top wage met.Captain $24.33 per hour plus $.25 per year experience or top wage met. It should not take 20 years of service to make top wage at any job. Most officers are not even close to top wage and they have been here 15 years making less than $20.00 even after this $ 1.00 raise! We are asking for wage equality. Please raise support for our veteran staff! Lets raise our voices together and be heard!  

Nathaniel Wion
152 supporters