Dress Up Like the'80s and Picket Outback Steakhouse

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A rally, organized by the Florida AFL-CIO to oppose Florida Senate Bill 2106 is planned for this afternoon, February 21 at 3 p.m. in front of Outback Steakhouse in Miami Lakes.

The Florida AFL-CIO is inviting all restaurant workers who work for tips and union members to show up in 1980s garb and and wave signs in protest of this bill which would lower the minimum wage for tipped workers in Florida from $4.65 per hour to $2.13 an hour, a rate last seen in the '80s.

The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) has been heavily lobbying for this bill to pass, urging restaurateurs to fill out and sign form letters like the one on their website, which state that the bill would help both restaurateurs struggling to stay in business because of increased food costs, unemployment tax hikes, and minimum wage laws, and restaurant workers.

Jim Junecko of the Florida AFL-CIO says that this bill would hurt restaurant workers by not allowing them to make a fair wage for a day's work. "There's no system to track whether or not a tipped restaurant worker is really making up that gap between the lowered minimum wage for tipped employees and the state standard minimum wage as it stands now. If the rate is lowered to $2.13, workers will be making what they made in the mid 1980s."

Junecko said that tipped employees will have an opportunity to speak at the rally to share their concerns over this bill, which is sponsored by the Florida State Senate Commerce and Tourism Division. The bill had a preliminary vote on February 16, and was passed with a 5-1 vote in favor of SB 2106. If the bill is passed by the Florida State Senate, it could go into effect as early as July, 2012.

The rally will be held in front of Outback Steakhouse, 15490 NW 77th Court, Miami Lakes. Outback Steakhouse is one of a few major restaurant chains that support the bill.

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Outback Steakhouse

15490 NW 77th Court, Miami Lakes, FL

Category: Restaurant


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Steve
Steve

Waiting is a nonskilled job. Change careers if you don't make enough money bringing people food.

Floridaboy6151964
Floridaboy6151964

Do the research and read the bill....This is optional and up to the company the server works for. You should find out from your current employer if they support this....just because Outback supports it, does not mean "Mom and Pop" or Pizza Hut will....

Take a breath and stop "knee-jerking" to the lib media....Do the research yourself and find out what this is really all about!

A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to tipped employees; authorizing an 3 employer to elect to guarantee that all tipped 4 employees receive a wage, including tips, equal to a 5 minimum percentage of the state minimum wage; 6 requiring that the employer make the election in 7 writing and prominently display it in the employer’s 8 premises; requiring that the election remain in effect 9 for a specified period of time until revoked by the 10 employer; providing that the employer is subject to 11 civil actions and fines if the employer fails to pay a 12 tipped employee the wage guaranteed under the act or 13 engages in any discriminatory or retaliatory action; 14 providing that an employer that pays a tipped employee 15 the wage guaranteed is deemed to have fulfilled the 16 employer’s obligations with respect to payment of the 17 state minimum wage; providing that the act does not 18 affect the employer’s obligation to comply with the 19 federal Fair Labor Standards Act; providing an 20 effective date. 21 22 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 23 24 Section 1. Optional guaranteed wage

JohnM
JohnM

Yeah give them a fair wage right after you make sure there all legal!!! I totally agree legal workers should be getting a fair wage!!!

Jim
Jim

I have never understood the "logic" that allowed restaurant and service workers to be paid less than the minimum wage.  The pat answer  "because they make tips" is less than convincing.

Jungle
Jungle

Keep electing right wing pro corporate blowhards who believe workers are only a cost or a burden and not the cause of business demand and eventually we will become a third-world sweatshop. Just like all of the conservatives really want. Do you really believe employers are competing for workers by paying the best competitive wage they can?

Tina Harvey-McFarland
Tina Harvey-McFarland

I live in NC and work for Pizza Hut. Our wage as servers is $3.20 an hour. MOST of the people we wait on don't tip, Pizza Hut makes us claim enough to add up to minimum wage, weather or not we make enough.tips! The drivers, about a year ago, got their wage, while on the road lowered from $7.25 (NC min. wage) to $4.50 an hour. MOST of those customers don't tip either. So the drivers are stuck with paying for gas, repairs, tires, maintainence, etc. This happened right at the time gas was sky rocketing. We're paying them to work! How is this legal? Big companies relying on customers to pay what they should be paying. I thought paying min. wage was the law?

A good, Hard working Waiter
A good, Hard working Waiter

I work for OSI.. at a carrabba's Italian grill. Not only are the servers paid  4.65 and hour but also the hosts and bussers as well. We (as servers) already supplement the hosts and bussers salaries by tipping out 3% of our TOTAL sales. Regardless of tips received on those sales. Meaning if I am tipped very poorly or not at all, then it costs me money to wait on those tables. Granted, this is not something that happens very often at all. But, is still a fact. My paycheck after taxes and insurance is typically only between 10 and 60 dollars. And I can honestly say.. that little money helps a lot every two weeks!! I've heard a lot of talk that "servers don't pay taxes on $$ earned".. Wrong!! Firstly, any credit card sale and tip is Automatically taxed! Second, when I "clock out" at the end of my shift, My total cash sales are listed, and I must claim at the very least 10% of that to even clock out!! I claim ALL, so that I can prove income for one, and Pay into SS and Medicare fairly. Plus IF I were to ever receive "vacation" pay, it would be based on what I make.. meaning what I claim! Though they make it VERY hard to earn this One week off with pay. Waiting on tables is MUCH more than just bringing people a drink and food!! I challenge Anyone who thinks differently to try to do my job for 1 week!! Even for 1 day!! They say that this new wage would NOT be imposed on those already receiving 4.65/hr... Ok, so... what then? Just cut my hours WAY back so they can hire New employees and pay them less, and hope that I quit?!

violetbird
violetbird

Twenty ++years backwards, Not!!!. Lets do that to Politician's wages/salaries,who usually work 6 hour days if and when they work for a max of 9 months out of the year and see what they say: Especially since most of them have voted for legislation that provided automatic pay raises, for Themselves!!.

John Poyhonen
John Poyhonen

That excuse is a cover for the greedy who take advantage of their employees to line their own pockets. They can buy premium insurance and have vacation homes while their employees usually can't afford to visit a dentist when they need one.

John Poyhonen
John Poyhonen

This is why workers created unions. Your industry is one of the last holdouts and to me it amounts to slave wages. So much for a day's work for a day's pay in America. Servers are the face of the establishment the public meets and should be accorded pay commensurate with their duties and skills.

Jim
Jim

 What union?  Many states have no unions.  Anyone brave enough or stupid enough to try to organize is quickly out of a job!  That is illegal you say... sure but there is no enforcement.  We are quickly becoming a nation of haves and have not's and the divide between is growing.  This is Not good for the future of our nation.

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