The Key To Saving The Massachusetts Restaurant Industry Post-COVID 19
Since the pandemic, restaurant workers have been leaving the industry in droves. Our research reveals that 53 percent of restaurant workers surveyed are considering leaving the industry, 70 percent of whom are citing low wages and tips as their primary reason for leaving, and 78 percent of workers state that the only reason they would stay in the industry is if they received a livable wage with tips on top. In response to this staffing crisis, thousands of restaurants nationwide have raised their wages to get workers to attract and retain staff, but this measure is not enough. Through state campaigns, we are focusing on raising wages for tipped workers so that the 1 million restaurant workers who have left since the onset of the pandemic can return to an industry that fairly compensates essential workers.
In Massachusetts, the subminimum wage for tipped workers is still just $6.15 an hour. Ending this low-wage carve out positively impacts an overall restaurant workforce of nearly 240,000 Massachusetts workers. In the Bay State, we are advancing One Fair Wage on Beacon Hill with State Senator Patricia Jehlen sponsoring S1213 and State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier sponsoring the House version of the bill H1971.
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