This NRA stands for National Restaurant Association, which sounds fairly innocuous, at least compared to the gun fetishist lobby we’ve all come to know and despise.
Via UltraViolet (email):
Did you know that the federal minimum wage for the 10 million restaurant workers in the U.S. is $2.13 an hour?1 The workers–70 percent women, and 40 percent mothers–are forced to rely almost entirely on tips.2 It‘s unfair, but it’s about to become even more unfair: one of Trump’s cabinet nominees is considering making it legal for employers to confiscate tips.
Labor Secretary Alex Acosta is planning to get rid of tip protection for workers and allow employers to dictate how much tip money, if any, workers can keep.3 It’s shameless.
This scheme has been moving along quietly, but if Acosta suddenly saw public backlash he may just pull the plug on his plan. That’s why UltraViolet is partnering with Restaurant Opportunities Center and Presente to stop Acosta from subjecting women to legal wage theft. Will you sign to send this message to Labor Secretary Acosta?
Not only are tipped workers subject to unstable wages, they have to endure sexual harassment to earn the tips Trump’s nominee is trying to steal. In fact, the restaurant industry is the single largest source of sexual harassment complaints in the U.S.–a 2014 report shows that paying workers a real wage will cut sexual harassment in the restaurant industry by half.4 But instead of giving these women a fair wage, Acosta’s plan is to let employers confiscate tips employees are sexually harassed for and dictate how much of it employees will get back.
Acosta is pushing this horrible plan because of pressure from the powerful restaurant lobby, the National Restaurant Association (NRA), which has also fought hard to keep restaurant workers earning a sub-minimum wage.5 But there’s still time to stop this rule. If Acosta hears opposition as early as now, we can force him to kill this NRA-backed rule before it goes any further.
Thanks for speaking out!
–Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kathy, Susan, Anathea, Audine, Shannon, Emma, Pilar, Natalie, Melody, Pam, Lindsay, and Ryan, the UltraViolet team__________
1. Twenty-Three Years and Still Waiting for Change, Economic Policy Institute, July 10, 2014
2. Tipped Over The Edge – Gender Inequity In The Restaurant Industry, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, February 13, 2012
3. The State of Tipped Workers, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, February 10, 2014
4. Our Tips Belong to Us, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, October 23, 2017
5. The Glass Floor: Sexual Harassment in the Restaurant Industry, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, October 6, 2014
6. $2.13 an Hour? Why the Tipped Minimum Wage Has to Go, The Nation, March 31, 2014