Oped Archive (Page 3)

  • Michael Saltsman: Tipped jobs would suffer from hike in minimum wage

    June 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Columbus Dispatch

    Leaving a tip for your server at the end of a meal out is a custom as American as apple pie. A poorly understood provision in companion bills being supported by Ohio Reps. Marcia Fudge, Joyce Beatty, Marcy Kaptur and Tim Ryan, along with Sen. Sherrod Brown, puts this tradition, and the highly paid tipped jobs it supports, at risk. The bill, Raise the Wage Act […]
  • Maine Voices: Awareness of tipped-wage issue might have tipped balance on Question 4 vote

    December 2016 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Portland Press Herald

    A majority of Maine voters approved a $12-an-hour minimum wage on Nov. 8. But many voters didn’t understand that, when they voted for $12, they were also voting for a radical (and little-advertised) provision to raise the minimum wage for tipped employees by 220 percent. Fortunately, the Legislature has a chance to fix it. After the election last month, we used Google’s Consumer Survey tool to poll […]
  • Here’s a tip: Leave the R.I. tipped wage alone

    March 2015 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  The Providence Journal

    Employees at Rhode Island’s world-famous restaurants may have been too busy gearing up for the start of tourist season to notice legislation heard this month by the House Committee on Labor that could put their tip income — and their job — at risk. State Rep. Aaron Regunberg, D-Providence, and his allies in the state’s powerful labor unions have proposed the drastic and dangerous step […]
  • On Tipped Wage, Berkeley Should Learn From its Neighbors

    July 2013 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Contra Costa Times

    Berkeley currently is entertaining a proposal to match its neighbors in San Jose and San Francisco with a $10-or-higher hourly minimum wage. Wisely, Mayor Tom Bates offered the modest caveat that such an increase also should account for the tip income earned by restaurant employees such as waiters and waitresses. A loose coalition of labor organizers and academics has offered a barrage of misinformation in an […]