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WAGING CHANGE

 
 
 

Tipping is part of the American way of life, particularly in restaurants.  But what most Americans do not know is that the majority of people serving their food do not get paid a minimum wage and are forced to rely on tips to feed themselves and their families.  With a federal sub-minimum wage of $2.13 for tipped workers, many servers and restaurant workers depend on food stamps to eat.  Women servers who depend on tips to make ends meet are particularly vulnerable to sexual harassment, which is now being recognized as a huge problem throughout the restaurant industry as well as in the rest of the country. As these workers begin to speak out and organize for a living wage, the landscape is changing.  Waging Change weaves the stories of individual workers such as Nataki Rhodes of Chicago and Wardell Harvey of New Orleans with the efforts of thousands of restaurant and other fast food workers across the country to demand dignity, respect and one fair wage.

How workers are changing the face of the restaurant industry as they fight for living wages and challenge the $2.13 per hour rate for tipped workers.