I received a petition request from MoveOn that should be considered for its content, even if you decide not to support. Workers in the service industry really work in harsh conditions. They survive by tips. And they are often go unpaid when restaurants fail. Here is the letter - judge for yourself.
Dear MoveOn member,
You probably know that when you order a meal in restaurant, the person who brings you the food is generally paid less than minimum wage. Tips are supposed to make up the difference.
Here's the problem: Minimum wage for tipped employees is an appalling $2.13 an hour. And for millions of people who work in the restaurant industry, tips don't come close to providing a living wage.
This is not a small problem. Almost one-third of food workers don't have enough money to buy enough safe and nutritious food to meet their needs. The people who make and serve your food literally may be going hungry.
Next week, we'll be at a press conference in Washington, D.C. with key members of Congress, launching a big push to raise the minimum wage for food workers and restaurant employees.
To win this campaign, it's critical that we be able to walk on stage with momentum—that means tens of thousands of folks like you standing with us.
We can do this, but not without grassroots support. That's why I created a petition on SignOn.org to Congress, which says:
Raising the minimum wage for the benefit of 29 million low-wage workers would increase food costs at most by 10 cents a day for consumers.
As a consumer, I am willing to pay an extra dime a day for my food so that close to eight million food system workers and 21 million additional low-wage workers can receive a much-deserved raise to help them meet their basic needs.
I ask that you support the Miller-Harkin Fair Minimum Wage Act, which would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.80/hour over the next 3 years and the tipped minimum wage from $2.13 to 70% of the regular minimum wage.