**Press Advisory** Restaurant, Nail Salon, Carwash Workers Rally at DOL Hearing for One Fair Wage Advocates + Workers testify for better wages and better tips

Press advisory

Restaurant, Nail Salon, Carwash Workers Rally at DOL Hearing for One Fair Wage Advocates + Workers testify for better wages and better tips

A next step in the Fight for 15 struggle for economic justice for all

Syracuse, NY – On Monday, tipped wage workers– restaurant servers, nail salon technicians, and car wash workers– alongside advocates, labor leaders, and policy experts– will testify at the second of seven NYS Department of Labor hearings to review paying tipped workers the state’s general minimum wage, on top of their tips.

The One Fair Wage coalition will be holding a rally outside of The Gateway Center at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry before going inside to testify.

When: MONDAY, April 30, rally at 9am, hearing starts at 10AM.

Where: Outside The Gateway Center at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. 1 Forestry Dr, Syracuse, NY

What: Rally before NYS DOL hearing on bringing tipped workers’ wages in line with the general minimum wage. Press availability with servers, nail salon technicians, car wash workers, and advocates.

Who: Restaurant servers, nail salon technicians, car wash workers, and advocates.

Coalition members: Adhikaar for Human Rights and Social Justice, A Better Balance, AlignNY, Citizen Action of New York, Community Service Society, Enlace, Food Chain Workers Alliance, Judson Memorial Church, Make the Road New York, Metro Justice, National Employment Law Project, National Organization for Women, New York Latina Advocacy Network, New Economy Project, NY Communities for Change, NY Healthy Nail Salons Coalition, NYS Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts, Planned Parenthood of NYC, PowHerNY, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, ROC-NY, RWDSU, SEPA Mujer, Tompkins County Workers Center, UltraViolet, Women’s Equality Party, Women’s Organizing Network, Workers United NY NJ, 32BJ SEIU.

Background

The One Fair Wage (OFW) campaign represents a next step in the Fight For 15 to cover tipped workers left behind, as part of the ongoing movement forward.
In New York, tipped workers make a subminimum wage ranging from $7.50 – $8.65, relying on tips to bring them up to the state’s general minimum wage, which ranges from $10.40 – $13.00, depending on the region.

One Fair Wage is proven to help stem the rampant exploitation in majority female and immigrant workforces, from sexual harassment to other forms of worker abuse, without sacrificing profits. States with One Fair Wage have increased sales, more robust wages, and stronger employment growth than states with a subminimum wage.

In his January State of the State address, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the NYS Department of Labor will hold hearings to examine raising the subminimum wage and establishing One Fair Wage in New York, saying:

“New York continues to be a national leader in fighting for justice for working men and women, and by providing a platform for New Yorkers’ concerns to be heard, we are furthering our efforts to deliver fair wages for all. I am urging those impacted by this proposal to register, attend a hearing, and help us move this state one step closer toward a better, more just New York.”

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