Ensure Fair Payment for Servers


Target: Chairman of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Lamar Alexander

Goal: Provide restaurant workers with fair pay.

Most Americans are entitled to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. However, a select few occupations are exempt from this law, including servers in restaurants who are able to receive tips. The federal tipped minimum wage is $2.13 an hour, the same wage since 1991. This wage is $5.12 less than the regular federal minimum wage and while many have advocated for change, it still remains the same.

America is very dependent on the restaurant industry, as it provides many jobs. Many Americans also frequently eat out, keeping this industry thriving. Yet employees in the food service business are not guaranteed fair pay and are often underpaid for their work. Studies show that servers are twice as likely to use food stamps as Americans with other occupations.

A server position in a restaurant with the federal tipped minimum wage does not serve as a viable source of income. A company’s naïve sense that paying customers will tip employees can result in servers being undercompensated for their work. A server’s hard work and pay rate should not be determined by inconsistent tips.

Servers deserve to have a federal minimum wage higher than $2.13. There is too much room for servers to be cheated for their hard work with the wage this low. Demand that servers receive a fair federal minimum wage by asking for the Fair Minimum Wage Act to be passed. This act will raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10, providing a more substantial wage for all Americans, and would raise the tipped minimum wage to 70 percent of the established federal minimum wage. Please establish fairness by signing below.


Dear Mr. Alexander,

For 23 years the federal tipped minimum wage has been frozen at an astonishing $2.13 an hour, more than $5 less than the regular federal minimum wage. This extremely low wage has taken a toll on Americans across the country in server positions. It has been recorded that servers are twice more likely to use food stamps than the rest of Americans in the workforce.

This wage is outdated and unfair. Hardworking people are not granted a protected and reasonable wage that will allow them to succeed and provide for their family. Action needs to be taken to ensure that the wage is increased to a substantial and fair wage.

Please help to pass the Fair Minimum Wage Act. You will be helping thousands of Americans in the food service industry, as well as all other Americans in the workforce by ensuring them fair pay. Everyone deserves to be rewarded for their hard work – please act now.


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