The bill was not considered in the Assembly Labor & Employment committee this week as planned because there is currently insufficient legislative support for the bill, due largely to the opposition of organized labor. While Assemblymember Daly has decided to use that legislative vehicle (AB 669) for another issue due to the current realities within the Assembly Labor & Employment committee, he remains committed to working with the CRA to find ways to move forward on total compensation and see if a deal can be struck among other lawmakers. Assemblymember Daly spoke to 100+ restaurant operators at the CRA Lobby Day on April 7th, and indicated then to the audience that this effort may take the better part of the 2-year legislative session to find an adequate solution. CRA is redoubling efforts to educate state and local policymakers on the need for a solution that protects wages for tipped staff as well as ensuring a wage ladder for our heart of the house employees.
Recently, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti declared, “For folks from one particular industry who are already earning much more than the minimum wage, for them to get two to three bucks more … doesn't seem logical." The total compensation effort continues in Sacramento as wage discussions continue to be front and center in this legislative session on a daily basis, and wage discussions continue at the local government level all throughout the state where total compensation and teen wage continue to be pushed. The effort continues and the need to mobilize the restaurant community up and down the state is greater than ever and we will continue to enlist your support in the districts of lawmakers as we move forward.