MNGOP Minimum Wage “Tip Penalty” Advances Despite Union, Worker & DFL Opposition

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State Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul), says she is disappointed that Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) has introduced bill that would reduce minimum wage to $8 an hour for for workers who earn an average of more than $12 hourly with tips.

The bill had its first hearing Monday in the House Job Growth & Energy Affordability Policy and Finance Committee where restaurant workers and labor leaders spoke out against the bill. The bill had the support of the Minnesota Restaurant Association which helped Garofalo write it. The bill passed 10-6 on a party line vote with no DFLers voting for it.

Rep. Jason Metsa (DFL-Virginia) said anyway you slice it, a reduction in wages to tipped employees is a “tip penalty”.

Video from hearing

Murphy says she hopes the Senate or Governor Dayton will prevent the “tip penalty” from being signed into law. (See video at top of post)

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Bill Sorem is a longtime advertising professional who started with Campbell Mithun and ended up with his own agency. After a tour as a sailing fleet manager in the Virgin Islands he turned to database programming as an independent consultant. He has written sailing guides for the British Virgin Islands and Belize, and written for a number of blogs. In 2010, he volunteered as a citizen journalist with The UpTake and has stayed on as a video reporter.

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