WHITE HOUSE REPORT: President Obama Stresses the Importance of Ensuring a Robust Tipped Minimum Wage

coverThe White House recently released an important report that focuses on the plight of workers who are paid a “tipped minimum wage.” This wage structure has not been widely known among average citizens, as it falls most heavily on food service workers, and—importantly—women workers.

The report relies heavily on research conducted by Sylvia Allegretto, Co-Chair of the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics at IRLE. The full report is well-footnoted and presents the policy issues in a straightforward but hard-hitting manner.

The president has been a strong advocate for increasing the federal minimum wage in general, and that general policy objective also includes the tipped minimum wage. In the White House press release, he states:

“Most people who would get a raise if we raise the minimum wage are not teenagers on their first job – their average age is 35.  A majority of lower-wage jobs are held by women.  These Americans are working full-time, often supporting families, and if the minimum wage had kept pace with our economy’s productivity, they’d already be earning well over $10 an hour today.  Instead, it’s stuck at $7.25.  Every time Congress refuses to raise it, it loses value because the cost of living goes higher, minimum wage stays the same.”

- President Obama, Remarks at Central Connecticut State University, March 5, 2014

Read the Press Release:
NEW WHITE HOUSE REPORT: The Impact of Raising the Minimum Wage on Women and the Importance of Ensuring a Robust Tipped Minimum Wage
The White House | March 26, 2014

Read the Report:
The Impact of Raising the Minimum Wage on Women and the Importance of Ensuring a Robust Tipped Minimum Wage PDF
The White House | March 2014

Read Sylvia Allegretto’s CWED Brief:
Waiting for Change: Is it Time to Increase the $2.13 Subminimum Wage? PDF