(TakePart)–Given that we spend so much time in restaurants (1 in 10 people in the U.S. work in a restaurant, and over half of Americans eat out at least once a week), it’s not surprising that the restaurant industry continues to grow.
What may surprise you is that in spite of this growth, the people who work in restaurants often struggle to feed themselves and their families. The federal tipped minimum wage has been frozen at $2.13/hour since 1991. Servers use food stamps at twice the rate of the rest of the U.S. workforce and are three times as likely to live in poverty.
Fortunately, our work at ROC United is part of a larger movement that’s fighting back against corporate control of our food system and economy.
Passing the Fair Minimum Wage Act would raise the full minimum wage to $10.10 and, for the first time in more than two decades, raise the tipped minimum wage from $2.13/hour to 70% of the regular minimum wage.