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“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

December 12 Capitol Press Briefing: Advocates, Members of Congress Respond to Trump DOL’s Rule Allowing Employers to Take Ownership of Workers Tips

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, December 12, 2017-- 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20002

Dec. 11, 2017

Washington, DC--Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United, together with the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the National Employment Law Project (NELP), and Presente.org will host a press briefing at Senate Dirksen Building about the Department of Labor's recently proposed rule to make tips the property of employers, and the impact of the rule on restaurant workers’ wages and rights.

The rule would allow employers to take control of their workers' tips, if the employer pays workers the full minimum wage. At the briefing, ROC will review its recent report on the history, background, and impact of the proposed rule, and the Economic Policy Institute will release their findings on research conducted into how much money will be shifted from workers to employers as a result of the rule. Recent research conducted by EPI finds that restaurant industry workers are more likely than workers in any other industry to experience minimum wage violations, and other research on workers in three large U.S. cities (Chicago, Las Angeles, and New York) finds that 12 percent of tipped workers had tips stolen by their employer or supervisor. Under the Department of Labor's proposed rule, employers would be granted a legal avenue to take ownership of tips earned by their employees.

Who: Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN), Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United, Economic Policy Institute, National Employment Law Project, Good Jobs Nation, and ROC members

  • - Saru Jayaraman, ROC United
  • -Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
  • -Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN)
  • -Thea Bryan, Bartender, ROC-DC Member
  • -Heidi Shierholz, Economic Policy Institute
  • -Judi Conti, National Employment Law Project
  • -Paco Fabian, Good Jobs Nation

What: Press Briefing

When: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, December 12, 2017

Where: 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20002

This rule, backed by the National Restaurant Association, is just another attempt to keep workers' wages low by allowing employers to keep workers’ hard-earned tips. . More information about impact of the proposed rule is available from ROC United and EPI.


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