If It’s Not Broken Don’t Fix It: Crouch Stands With Restaurant Workers Demanding Answer On Tip Wage

January 22, 2019

Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch (R-Bainbridge) joined with the Restaurant Workers of America (RWA) and tipped-wage workers from around the state today at a press conference in Albany to voice their concerns with the governor’s proposal to eliminate the tip credit. Workers reiterated their stance that the adjustment was not needed and demanded the governor give them an answer on what the future of the tip credit would be.

Tipped-wage workers around the state have been in limbo since the Governor announced this proposal last year. Crouch has been vocal on the issue, writing a letter to Roberta Reardon, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Labor last year voicing his concerns with the governor’s proposal to remove tipped-wages and pay restaurant workers minimum wage.

“Our tipped-wage workers have been waiting for an answer for almost a year now,” said Crouch. “They deserve an explanation and a decision. I have talked to tipped-wage workers all over the Southern Tier who have overwhelmingly opposed this proposal. This is taking money of out of the pockets of our hard-working residents and placing more burdensome regulations on our small businesses, it’s the last thing this state needs to do. We already have laws in place ensuring that tipped wage workers at least make the minimum wage between tips, and their hourly wages, and if not the employer covers the difference. If something isn’t broke, we shouldn’t be trying to fix it.”