By Kim Glovas
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –– Today is the 25th anniversary of the last time the tipped minimum wage was raised.READ MORE: Man Fighting For Life After Being Shot 16 Times In North Philadelphia Double Shooting, Police Say
The tipped minimum wage is what workers like waiters and waitresses are paid, with the tacit understanding that happy customers will make up the difference. But that’s not always the case.
Samuel Jones, with the Restaurant Opportunity Center for Pennsylvania, explains the actual amount in Pennsylvania.
“It is at $2.83 but that is still inadequate. The federal tipped minimum wage is only $2.13 so it is time to change that.”READ MORE: DA Larry Krasner Announces New Initiative To Fight Gun Violence In West/Southwest Philadelphia
Jones says an effort is underway in Pennsylvania to eliminate the two tiered minimum wage and make one fair minimum wage of at least ten-dollars and ten cents.
Seven states already have one fair wage.
“In the one fair wage states, servers are actually making more, folks tip better in those states and the restaurant industry is thriving in those states. ”MORE NEWS: WATCH: Zach Ertz Records Longest Touchdown Catch Of Career, Makes NFL History In 1st Game With Cardinals
The last time Pennsylvania’s minimum wage was increased was 1999.