Waiters Worrying About Wages

1 decade 8 months 3 days ago Thursday, April 12 2007 Apr 12, 2007 Thursday, April 12, 2007 5:15:48 PM CDT April 12, 2007 in News

Now waiters and waitresses could be hurt the most.  Shawna Carlson, the manager of Town Grill said she doesn't "think they should give people money and then try to take it away." She feels this way now that the legislature is considering revoking the recent raise for servers.

"It will affect the people in smaller restaurants that don't make as much money that don't serve dinner or wine or beer or anything," said Carlson, "because that always increases your tip."

But some lawmakers say servers don't need the increase. "If you look at cooks versus servers, typically servers make more than cooks," said Rep. Shannon Cooper, (R)-Clinton, "so even though we raise the minimum wage up, the servers would get even a greater disparity." 

The substitute bill not only lowers minimum wage for servers back to $2.13, but it would also affect law enforcement. The approved increase could mean cutting back law enforcement hours or paying more overtime. The bill would also eliminate automatic minimum wage increases without voter approval.

"Municipal and fire fighters are very concerned because their structure of their wages and how they use their hours can really be affected by the municipal budget for their fire protection," said Rep. Scott Muschany, a (R)-St. Louis.

"If you look around our surrounding states, I believe Missouri is the only state with an index where the minimum wage will go up every year based on the CDI index," said Rep. Steve Tilley, (R)- Perryville.

Although voters approved the bill 3 to 1 last November, now law makers could have the last word on some wages. The bill has to make it through the rules committee before the house can consider it.

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