Target: United States Department of Labor
Goal: To ensure that every worker earns at least a minimum hourly wage and to ensure that tipped workers are permitted to keep the tips they receive.
In the United States, tipped employees are paid less than minimum wage. Business owners are permitted to use the tips that employees receive for their extra efforts to account for gap between the wage they are earning and their state’s minimum wage. Any wage earner should not have to depend on inconsistent tips in order to walk away with a minimum wage income.
Even if this system works, tips are meant to serve as a gratuity towards an employee for putting extra effort into the service they provide. Business owners are currently allowed to exploit this extra income, which was originally meant for the individual employee, by acting as if it were a part of the business’ gross income. The whole concept of a tip has been done away with and in its place is a policy that allows business owners to seize an employee’s hard earned gratuity.
These penny-pinching business practices are exploitative and need to be done away with. Tipped workers deserve the tips they receive for their excellent service. These workers should earn at least a minimum wage without anybody coming in between them and the tips they earn for providing outstanding service. Sign this petition to urge the United States Department of Labor to ensure that every wage earner that the department represents earns at least a minimum wage and to ensure that nobody comes in between tipped workers and the tips they work so hard for.
Dear United States Department of Labor,
Tipped workers across America are earning an hourly wage that is less than their state’s minimum wage. Business owners are allowed to exploit hard working service employees to their own ends by using their tips to fill the gap between the employee’s wage and their state’s minimum wage. Workers should not have to depend on inconsistent tips in order to earn a minimum wage.
Tips are meant to serve as a gratuity to the worker for providing outstanding service. Instead, business owners are permitted to seize these tips and act as if they were a part of the business’s gross income. Tipping is a matter that should be resolved between the employees and the customers without any intervention whatsoever.
We need to draw the line between sound, profitable business practices and penny-pinching, exploitative business practices. Tipped workers deserve every last cent of the tips that they earn for providing exceptional service. They also deserve at least a minimum hourly wage.
We need to ensure that every wage earner that the Department of Labor represents earns at least a minimum hourly wage and that nobody comes in between tipped workers and the tips that they work so hard for.
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