Syracuse, New York, July 20, 2018 -
Stephanie Miner released the following statement on the tip credit proposal.
"One size does not fit all, especially when it comes to the issue of wage equality. I would strongly recommend to the State Labor Department’s wage board that they defer any action on their plan to end the wage tip system currently in place. More study needs to be done, and I think the legislature should also have a say in the matter. Such important policy changes, which affect hundreds of thousands of people’s incomes, should not be resolved by executive edict.
"What might work in New York City does not always work in New Rochelle, Newburgh or Niagara Falls. Many Upstate small business owners, whose profit margins are very thin, have objected to changing the wage/tip credit system, as it would result in many restaurant closings, and/or a wholesale change in the dining experience, and how meals are delivered. High-end New York City restaurants are very different from many struggling upstate eateries. Many tip wage workers, including servers and bartenders, have also spoken out strongly against the proposed rule changes, saying it would devastate their income stream. As the old saying goes, if it’s not broke, why fix it?Eighty-eight percent of new jobs created Upstate over the last 8 years are low-wage jobs. Low-wage workers should be able to maximize their incomes unencumbered by ill-advised rules and regulations. There are better ways to make sure restaurant workers are protected."