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East County News Service

March 15, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) --Here’s a tip:  If you’re a waiter or waitress who earns a lot from tips, you might be left out of the upcoming minimum wage increase – if a bill backed by the California Restaurant Association wins approval in the state Legislature.

Next year, California’s minimum wage will rise to $10 an hour.  But Assembly Bill 669, authored by Assemblyman Tom Daly, restaurant employees who earn $15 or more when tips are added to their base income will have their wages capped at $9 an hour.

The bill is opposed by the United Food and Commercial Workers. The union’s executive director James Araby says the measure would “undermine the spirit of raising the minimum wage.”


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Who can live on $9 per hour?

The cost of housing, food, utilities and gasoline is so high now. Many restaurant workers are students who work part time. Some restaurants require tips to be pooled and then divided among staff. Visit these sites: