Showing America's servers some love for Valentine's Day

Op-ed by By Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.) and Saru Jayaraman, co-founder, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
The Hill, Feb 13 2012
Last year, restaurants welcomed and served more than 70 million Americans celebrating Valentine’s Day, the nation’s second most popular holiday for the industry. Unfortunately, under the federal minimum wage for tipped employers, millions of restaurant workers, including waitresses and servers, are only making $2.13 per hour, a mere $4,430 per year.

This year, the National Restaurant Association is forecasting a record-breaking $635 billion in revenue for 2012 – all while the tipped minimum wage has resulted in staggeringly low wages and poverty among tipped employees in the restaurant industry.

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