Celebrating Independent Gainesville
Minimum wage has been and continues to be a, shall we say, hot topic. From the federal government to the state, legislators are annually (at least) debating what should minimum wage be? Is it too high or too low?
There is an exception to the 7+ buckaroos an hour, though, and this exception impacts all the fine people who work in the service industry (local and chain restaurants, etc). Tipped employees have a minimum wage of $4.65 an hour.
Eh…we think that’s a little low. What happens on a slow night? Or in the summer in towns like ours, when things slow down a bit? A slow night or two could mean inability to make rent.
This past winter, the Florida Senate debated SB 2106, which would, “allegedly cut minimum wage for tipped workers from $4.65 to $2.13 per hour, while enforcing a stipulation that employees make at least $9.98 per hour when tips are added into their total per-hour earnings.”
The Florida State Department of Labor (FSDL) believes lowering minimum wage, as was proposed earlier this year, would be unconstitutional under the Florida Constitution. FSDL came to this conclusion, in part, because in 2004, voters approved an amendment to the Florida Constitution that would elevate minimum wage to $6.15 per hour on May 2, 2005. (The provision allows for adjustment due to inflation.)
So we did a little informal investigation of our own and here’s what we found in indiegainesville:
Read over our informal findings again:
Every single local business owner with tipped employees believes that $4.65 an hour is too low.
We felt free to assume these same owners/managers/bosses would feel $2.13 is far too low.
(And if you’re wondering, “Why on earth did you post about this?”—remember, we’re all in this together. The local economy relies on…us. The locals.)
Oh, and remember places like Satchel’s pay living wage, for good reason, we think. Perhaps that’s a key to the employee loyalty that helped fund-raise and rebuild this beloved, iconic indiegainesville restaurant…?
(Yes, we are counting down until Friday, when Satchel’s reopens, hotter than ever.)