Restaurant chains slammed over resistance to minimum wage hike for tipped workers

By: - April 20, 2021 7:00 pm

Hospitality and leisure workers, who staff restaurants, bars, and hotels, and who had to bear the brunt of pandemic for low wages, are leaving the workforce, NPR reported. In April, more than 740,000 people left the sector. (John Partipilo for the Tennessee Lookout)

WASHINGTON — As the nation’s largest trade group for restaurant owners on Tuesday held a virtual version of its annual gathering to lobby Congress, advocates for a $15-per-hour minimum wage took aim at the powerful restaurant chains that they say are blocking legislation on a higher wage for tipped workers.

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Laura Olson
Laura Olson

Laura covers the nation's capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom, a network of nonprofit outlets that includes Louisiana Illuminator. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections, and campaign finance.