A brief disclaimer: This is not a political blog. I am not looking to get into politics with it. I will only enter the political realm when it is specifically relevant to servers. This is one of those cases.
Tom Emmer is a State Representative in Minnesota and the presumable Republican Nominee for Governor. In an effort to showcase his pro-business credentials, he recently highlighted a need for restaurant owners to pay their servers less than minimum wage. This alone probably would not have merited a post on this blog. He followed it up by stating that he had talked to a restaurant owner who complained because of this wage he had some employees making over $100,000 a year. He said this was more than the owner earned. Therefore, the owners should make a tip credit for the tips their employees earn. He said that as he traveled around the state that people on “Main Street” knew what he was talking about.
I grew up on Main Street in Gladstone, MO. I have also been both a waiter and a manager in states with and without tips credits. I can assure you I have no idea what he is talking about. So I decided to do a little research. All of the data I will cite comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2009 report on waiters and waitresses. A few quick searches revealed that the annual median wage for a server in Minnesota is $19,220. The 90th percentile earns $36,240 per year. So either Emmer went to the most lucrative bar and grill in the state of MN to speak to the owner or he is lying. We don’t have to guess the answer because the owner has made it clear that he said no such thing.
Read the full post at Tips For Improving Your Tips