One entire group being victimized by corporate thieves are the 4.3 million Americans who make up our “tipped workforce.” Mostly employed as waitstaff in restaurants — from big chains like IHOP to the most exclusive dining establishments — these workers fall under a grossly unjust category of labor law that allows their employers to pay a miserly minimum wage as low as $2.13 an hour [$7.18 in Colorado]! The rationale is that customers will subsidize this sub-poverty pay by leaving generous tips — a convenient corporate lie refuted by the fact the income of tipped workers is a third less than non-tipped and they are nearly twice as likely to live in poverty.
Luckily, Trump has intervened to help. Lucky for restaurant owners, that is. Bowing to demands by restaurant industry lobbyists, Trump’s labor department has proposed a new rule allowing employers to seize workers’ tips and use them for any purpose — including fattening their own profits. Paying $2.13 an hour already amounts to a massive wage theft, but this elevates it to legalized highway robbery!
Even the most notorious robbers in history would be too ashamed to pull a job this wicked. But today’s combination of corporate greed and Trump’s ethical bankruptcy is turning blatant wickedness into business as usual.
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