Democratic operatives responsible for creating the party’s 2016 campaign platform have adopted a draft provision demanding that the federal government nix the traditional practice of tipping at restaurants when service is remotely tolerable and instead institute wages for waiters and waitresses.
“Sub-minimum” earnings “for tipped workers” must stop, the final draft of the 2016 Democratic platform declares.
The draft platform “calls for the elimination of the ‘tipped’ wage,” reiterated senior Clinton campaign policy advisor Maya Harris, according to a press release sent to The Daily Caller by Restaurant Opportunities Centers United.
The Democratic platform draft also proclaims that “Americans should earn at least $15 an hour” and “the minimum wage should be raised and indexed.”
A $15-per-hour minimum wage would be a dramatic raise for America’s lowest-paid and lowest-skilled workers.
In the year 2000, for instance, the nominal federal minimum wage was $5.15 per hour.
This hourly amount — $5.15 — is the equivalent of an hourly wage of just $7.18 in 2016 after adjusting for inflation.
Obviously, proponents of hugely-inflated minimum wages — and of an America without gratuities for non-terrible service — are elated.
“Establishing a $15 base wage for all workers and eliminating the tipped minimum is a major step toward correcting decades of injustice and improving the lives of millions of fellow Americans — especially women and people of color,” Restaurant Opportunities Centers United Saru Jayaraman said in the press release.
Jayaraman, a fan on Curry Heights Indian restaurant and Bill de Blasio on her Facebook page, also claimed that the practice of tipping creates all kinds of terrible sexual harassment.
“The federal tipped minimum has remained $2.13 for 25 years, and nearly half of tipped workers live near the poverty line,” Jayaraman said. “As a result of having to work for tips with no fair base wage, restaurant workers have to endure all kinds of sexual harassment from both customers and staff.”
Indeterminate research by Restaurant Opportunities Centers United alleges to reveal that 90 percent of America’s waitstaff has been sexually harassed on the job.
The group does not explain how eliminating tips will curb allegations of sexual harassment.
“Secretary Clinton pledged her support for eliminating the tipped minimum wage during a visit to ROC’s COLORS restaurant a few months ago, and we thank her,” the press release gushes.
The Democratic platform calls the current $7.25-per-hour federal minimum wage — about $15,000 per year for a full-time worker — “a starvation wage.”
A $15-per-hour minimum wage amounts to a $31,000-per-year income for a full-time worker.
The platform also calls for all workers “to have the right to form and join a union” and demands that employers pay equal wages to “people with disabilities.”