UnderCover Waitress: Florida Passes Tipped Wage Reduction, SB 2106

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Florida Passes Tipped Wage Reduction, SB 2106

EDIT: 9/8/2012 In the end, this bill did die. I believe the amount of controversy had a lot to do with it.

http://www.undercoverwaitress.com/2012/03/ding-dong-bill-is-dead.html#axzz25tLmK2vE
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I don't usually post twice in one day, but this is important.

Florida has passed the bill to reduce tipped employee's base wage from $4.65 per hour to the federal wage, $2.13 per hour, known as SB 2106: Tipped Employees

The wage reduction is the restaurant owner's option. Some restaurants will continue to pay the $4.65, others will reduce to $2.13, but in either case the waitress will suffer.

Restaurants that lower the wage must commit to ensuring that each waitress leaves with a combination of wage + tips that equals at least $10 per hour. So, if the waitress pulls in $8 an hour in tips, she has the $10. However, she still may have to share her tips with bartenders and bussers.

If she earns $6 per hour in tips, then the restaurant must pay her an additional $2 for each hour worked. (For ease of math, I am rounding the $2.13 per hour down to $2.) So, $6 per hour in tips + $2 wage = $8 per hour. The employer owes the waitress $2 per hour to equal $10 per hour worked.

Sounds good, huh? However, under federal law, restaurants must ensure that waitresses earn at least the regular (non-tipped) minimum wage, and it almost never happens. The rule is not enforced. The way for a waitress to be paid the additional money is to call the problem to the attention of the manager, who is then likely to ask her what she did wrong that shift. The common theme is, "If you can't make $X per hour, you are not a good waitress and you shouldn't be working here." The waitress may then find herself slowly disappearing from the schedule.

If the rule wasn't being enforced before this new bill, it will continue to not be enforced after the bill.

Some waitresses work in restaurants in which they make over $10 an hour even after tip-outs. These servers just took a pay cut, as well.

Let's say a waitress earns $15 per hour in tips. She gives ten percent to her helper, so she has $13.50 per hour. Then, she has been earning $4.65 per hour on top of that, grossing her $18.15 per hour.

Same scenario under the new law: $15 per hour in tips, ten percent to her helper leaves her $13.50, plus $2.13 per hour makes her before tax take home pay $15.63. She has taken a pay cut.

In addition to pay cuts for all servers, most food serving jobs offer no benefits. If a waitress gets sick, she works through it or goes without pay. A sick child can cost his mother a lot of money. They often have no health insurance, so illness in the family equals a downward spiral of lost income and high costs of health care.

Why do Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar and Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine want this bill? Because the corporations will earn a higher profit if they don't have to pay their employees. They claim it is so they can hire more employees. At this point, I think they just want more workers at slave wages.

Don't click the picture, click the link:
http://www.cafepress.com/undercoverwaitress.623096738
If anybody thinks the poor corporate managers and CEOs are being truthful when the cry poverty, take a look at what they drive. Now look at what the waitresses drive, assuming any of them can afford a car.

This bill is a travesty of justice. It is one more example of the few rich feasting on the bones of the impoverished, and brings this country one step closer to a reenactment of the French Revolution. At some point, the poor will be left with no other option but to eat the rich at a community pig roast.


In closing, a shout out to Rufus Dogg, truly "Waitress' Best Friend," for calling my attention to this and other relevant and interesting stuff. 

25 comments :

  1. But don't ya know this'll "create jobs"?
    lol
    This is what a certain side of the political spectrum believes will "create jobs" and kickstart the economy. This is what Reaganomics is all about. Lower wages, lower taxes on the rich, and a non-unionized workforce with no voice. And it will magically "create jobs". And after 30 failed years, they still believe it.

    Actually I don't think even they believe it, but they receive a lot of campaign money from some very rich people to continue putting them before us.

    I'd be willing to bet that the popular chain restuarants down there are donating heavily to the people who supported this legislation.

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  2. I agree with you that politicians don't really believe this will create jobs, they know they are lying and do it for the money. Just think where all that money could go if it weren't being donated to lobbies...

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    1. can you imagine how much cash darden who is based in florida gave to the lobbyists for this gift???and then they start the SA program a few months later and cut their employees by a third or more??? My... God

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    2. you wonder if any darden employee has informed their congressman of the disgracefull thing dareen has done..CUTTING jobs!

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    3. I would like your help. I am a delivery driver and the company charges 3 dollar delivery charge but give us a dollar and lowers us to 465 when we are delivering contact me at weekday6am@yahoo.com tips rarely get us up to minimum wage after gas

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  3. I happen to work at a restaurant that offers me health insurance and at this new rate I will have to drop it because the only way to obtain the insurance is to have it withdrawn from your paycheck and as it stand with the 4.65 rate I have to work 40 hours and no less to cover the cost. the 2.13 rate will mean no more insurance for my family because even at 40 hour it will not cover the cost. I decided when I heard about this that I was going to leave my job because I was only there for the insurance anyway. the tips were just a bonus.

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  4. Thank you for commenting. So sorry to hear this and I do wish you the best of luck.

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  5. angie and her politics don't get her going lol

    seriously though no good can come of this. yeah right they are suppose to make sure the servers still make at least minimum wage. If thats their concern why reduce their pay in the first place?
    and now that i think about it actually politics does have a lot to do with this.

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  6. If this passes down to the Pizza delivery jobs, I imagine "dine in" or "carry out" will be your only two options when ordering a pie. I just quit one of the major corporations due to rising gas prices and lack of tips... The 4.65/hr was barely covering my gas... there is no way that drivers will continue to work for 1985 wages if this passes!

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  7. The bill died in Regulated Industries on March 9th, 2012. Chamber: senate.

    http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2012/2106

    They're blinded by their wallets. If people have any sense to think for themselves, they will realize this bill would only hurt those who have to work these jobs to survive and take care of their kid/s. If anything does happen, I suggest strike. Strike = freedom of speech. Riot = teargas.

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    1. Thank you!!!

      I'm thinking about a food server strike and laughing. All the people who think waitressing is some easy job that anybody can do (so why pay us for it) would have another think coming.

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  8. Hello, can you tell me if this is legal in Florida?

    My employer is a husband and wife team. The husband is the Chef and his wife is a server/ front house manager.

    We do not pool our tips and we keep what we receive; she seems to get the better tables, what we call a "tip hog".

    I always thought management could not work the front house and receive tips from customers even when they serve the customers. We average about $100 in tips in a 4 hour service; she probably averages $140.

    Is this legal? Can we stop her from taking tips given to her. The rest of us do not think this is fair.

    Is this legal? If not who can I report this to get this stopped?

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    1. Quit complaining she probably gives better service than you! If it bothers you so much u should get another job! Let me guess she stays late and is there before you too! Maybe you figure it out by the hour instead of by the shift!

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    2. I answered this legitimate question in a later post. The situation that the waitress describes is not illegal; however, it is also unwise. The owner is not a better server, but she is a poor manager. She is destroying employee morale and guaranteeing that her workers have no sense of duty in her restaurant. She is mistreating them.

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  9. Servers make awesome money without their hourly wage! That's if they are doing their Job correctly. Florida is one of five states that has this high server wage and I believe it does hurt jobs. I work as a line cook and am sick from hearing about the cry baby servers who come in and collect their tips and leave while texting their friends and being on Facebook are more important than making sure a business is run properly! My boss can't afford to hire more kitchen help because of this bogus wage. Although I think chains should be required to keep this outrageous wage I think they can afford it. I think if a group has more than 3 locations they should pay extra.

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    1. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, and one of things I find most offensive in any co-working in any position is the people who are so busy looking at what other people are supposedly doing instead of paying attention to their own work. If you truly feel that the servers are getting rich for doing nothing, then I strongly suggest you go get yourself a server job. If you are right, then you have absolutely nothing to lose. If you don't go get a server job, then it is most likely because you know you are full of shit.

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    2. Sounds like the line cook is whiny. Dumb **s.

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    3. Yeah the cook is jelous of the servers its what it sounds.
      like

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  10. I would be lying if i said i have not giving it thought. Its real easy to see when people come and leave, and like you said co-work because your job depends on them at some point like when they pick up their food or perhaps when you run their food for them because their on facebook. Don't get me wrong there are always a few pros! A few and you can say its just where I work but I am able to grab a few meals here and there and its the same everywhere everybody just worried about themselves and their Iphone. After comparing tax returns it just makes me sick I may just go back to serving then I can have a cry baby blog too.

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    1. Why don't you start your own "cry baby" blog? You don't have to work as a waitress. You can write about working in the kitchen. Heck, if you are any good at writing I will come read and possibly even link to you.

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  11. Are we sure this bill actually passed. I went on the Florida senate website and it says the bill is dead?
    A report from the orlando sentinel on september 8 said the bill dies to.Am i just getting some bills confused. You are saying here it went through.
    While i think raising the minimum wage hurts the economy once you have raised someone's wages it is ridiculous to suddenly take them away especially so much at a time.

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  12. Oh sorry i just posted a comment with no links my bad.
    http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-03-06/business/os-tipped-minimum-wage-20120306_1_minimum-wage-restaurant-workers-nancy-detert

    http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2012/2106

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    1. Thank you for catching this: I thought I had already included an edit that this bill did eventually die. I wrote about it in "Ding, Dong, the bill is dead." Will include edit now.

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