I was working as expediter and as a server at a restaurant that had just opened before Covid-19 began. With the closing, they started doing take out and then finally limited outdoor seating. I was asked to come back but felt very uncomfortable as an immunocompromised person. I’m lucky enough that my management understood, however I am one of the 40% of people who do not qualify for unemployment and I have been struggling to get by.
What is OFW?
One Fair Wage is a national coalition,
campaign and organization seeking to
end all subminimum wages in
the United States and increase
the sustainability of wages
and working conditions in the service
In partnership with
One Billion Rising / V-Day Coalition
and Artist Paul Leibow, we created
Elena the Essential Service Worker,
a 24 ft. art statue appearing in multiple
cities. She is Elena the Essential Voter,
Worker and American demanding
fair pay, respect, and fair elections.
Elena the Essential Worker
One Fair Wage is working to raise wages and end all subminimum wages in the US. If you’re a worker, join the fight and access resources and support! If you’re an employer, join our association of responsible restaurateurs and access resources to help you raise wages profitably! If you’re a consumer, support employers who are raising wages in your community. Click here for more information
Through our 25 by 250 Campaign, One Fair Wage is moving legislation and ballot measures in 25 states to raise wages and end subminimum wages for millions of workers – and mobilize millions to vote in the process – by the United States’ 250th Anniversary (2026). Sign the petition to let legislators in your state know you support One Fair Wage.
The success of our campaign depends on raising the funds necessary to win the fight One Fair Wage. Nobody deserves to make a subminimum wage. Help us Get rid of the two tiered wage system and fight to make sure all workers are paid One Fair Wage. We can only do this with your help. Our success depends on you.
My mom is an essential worker who got COVID while working. Shortly after, her company shut down and she had to find another job. During her search it was hard for her to find a company who offered health insurance and she has continued to struggle financially to make ends meet. I was a waitress, a busser, a runner, and a hostess for a couple of years and I know how hard it is to make ends meet when you are living off of tips. Demanding One Fair Wage for service workers and tipped professionals is something I am extremely passionate about and I won’t stop until everyone has a liveable wage.
AnonymousTipped Service Worker
Thank you. It’s been a financial struggle for some time, so you have no idea how much of a relief your generosity is to me. Thank You again One Fair Wage for your support.
One Fair Wage is a national coalition, campaign, and organization seeking to end all subminimum wages in the United States and increase the sustainability of wages and working conditions in the service sector. One Fair Wage policy would require all employers to pay the full minimum wage with fair, non-discriminatory tips on top, that would lift millions of tipped and subminimum wage workers nationally out of poverty.