“Norem, like most of the Canter's waitstaff, is against the increase…Norem is worried about layoffs and reduced hours.”
The article made the case for total compensation, which would guarantee front-of-house workers more than the minimum wage and free up limited labor dollars for untipped, heart-of-house employees. As many local small restaurant owners have explained:
“Waiters and bartenders who already get more than $15 an hour when tips are included are not the intended beneficiaries of an increase and should not get a raise.”
Instead, that money can be allocated to workers such as cooks and dishwashers that do not receive the benefit of tips. Many front-of-the-house tipped workers agree:
“Most of Bestia’s waitstaff is on board with the total-compensation proposal. Many servers say the back of the house deserves a raise but they themselves don’t need one.”
And the LA Mayor and Councilmembers agree, supporting the call for total compensation as part of a minimum wage increase:
"I'm supportive of that," Garcetti said when asked about [total compensation] at a news conference last week. However, he pointed out that his hands are tied by state law, which excludes tips from minimum-wage calculations: "We unfortunately don't have jurisdiction over that directly." Garcetti said he'd supported a bill to change state law to include tips.”
“Councilman Gil Cedillo, a labor ally, said the minimum-wage proposal should not be ‘one size fits all.’ Councilman Paul Koretz, also very pro-labor, argued that the city should use a ‘scalpel’ in crafting the policy.
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