Women make up 70 percent of the restaurant workforce serving us. Many of the women working in restaurants experience gender discrimination and are paid only poverty wages. The national minimum wage for tipped workers is $2.13 an hour — and it hasn’t been raised since 1991!The Restaurant Opportunities Centers United reports that these wages are a legalized form of gender pay inequity, given the high percentage of female servers. More than a quarter of women receiving the tipped minimum wage are mothers. Restaurant workers paid the tipped minimum wage are almost three times more likely to be paid below the poverty line than the general workforce. This is gender discrimination! Make a difference in the lives of working mothers: contact your legislator and insist on an increase in the minimum wage for tipped workers!$2.13 an hour is an injustice, and it hurts working mothers — tell your representative to raise the tipped minimum wage now by cosponsoring the Working for Adequate Gains for Employment in Services (WAGES) Act (H.R. 631), introduced by Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards. This bill makes progress toward ensuring that restaurant workers — the majority of whom are women — are paid a living wage. The WAGES Act would raise the tipped minimum wage, which hasn’t increased for the last 20 years, to at least $5.50 over the next two years. Send your letter today — and don’t forget to tip your service providers generously!
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Dear [Decision Maker],
As a supporter of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, I am writing to ask you to cosponsor the Working for Adequate Gains for Employment in Services (WAGES) Act (H.R. 631), introduced by Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards.
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