Ted Calls on Oregon Senators to Oppose Minimum Wage Rollback for Tipped Workers

Ted Holds Minimum Wage Forum With Portland-Area Waiters and Waitresses
On Thursday, the Governor called upon Oregon's US Senators to preserve our voter-approved minimum wage and reject Congressional conservatives' efforts to rollback that wage for workers who receive tips.

In a letter to the Senators, he wrote that the legislation would:

Use federal law to prohibit Oregon from enforcing our minimum wage law, unless that law is amended to void Oregon's long-standing practice of setting minimum wage rates without counting tips as part of the minimum wage. The effect of such a change would be to reduce base pay rates for most tipped workers in Oregon from $7.50 to $2.13 per hour.

You can view a PDF copy of the letter here.

Senate Democrats succeeded in defeating the bill in a Senate vote, though Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist may try to bring it up again in the coming weeks.

To see a photo album of a minimum wage roundtable Ted held on April 7, 2005 with Portland-area waiters and waitresses, click here.

Posted on August 4, 2006
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