Waiters Will See Raise

1 decade 8 months 4 weeks ago Wednesday, March 14 2007 Mar 14, 2007 Wednesday, March 14, 2007 4:27:58 PM CDT March 14, 2007 in News
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Before January servers at Missouri restaurants earned the minimum server wage of $2.13, and even after the new minimum wage went into effect, that wage stayed the same.

The reason, what the Governor calls a misinterpretation by the department of labor.

Today's clarification means that employees who earn tips will now earn a base wage of at least half of the $6.50.

Being excluded from the minimum wage hike is something that servers like those here at Bennigans really felt during slow times.

Governor Blunt ordered the clarification to boost servers wages.

The change doesn't worry restaurant manager Rob Hayward.

"It really won't effect the number of servers we have on a daily basis," said Bennigan's manager Rob Hayward. "Our number one priority is to make sure that we have enough front of house staff to get our customers taken care of."

The raise goes into effect immediately since it should have already been in effect since January.

 That will mean more pay for thousands of servers.

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