Congress, Tips, and the Minimum Wage

Pacific Grove, CA – The funny thing about this bill, is a yes vote could mean a wage change for Sometime between this afternoon and tomorrow morning, the US Senate is expected to vote ---or give up on---- the estate tax bill. Bartenders in Salinas, waitresses in Santa Cruz and manicurists in Monterey. That's because this estate bill has a minimum wage provision that would boost wages across the country from 5.15 to 7.25 an hour. Here in California, base wages would go up from 6.75 to 7.25 an hour. But that pay raise also comes with what some call a cutback in wages for tipped employees. And as KAZU's John Sepulvado reports, that has labor activists telling Congress to send the estate bill back to the kitchen and cook it again.