Bill would raise base pay for NYC restaurant workers
Restaurant workers in New York City are against a proposed bill that would raise the minimum wage for workers.
The current law states that restaurant employers in New York can pay workers who get tips a base wage of $10.65 per hour so long as they make at least 16 with their tips. Assembly member Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas' bill would raise that minimum to 17 an hour by year 2026 with tips on top. Andrew Rigie with the city's Hospitality Alliance says this would financially devastate restaurant owners.
"They would have to raise menu prices on New Yorkers and visitors and it could really impact their workforce by reducing the number of employers, cutting hours."
Some in favor of the bill say it would fix inequities among workers.