Minimum Wage Reports and Fact Sheets
Since women are the majority of low-wage workers, raising the minimum wage would help close the persistent gender pay gap. A tip penalty, if allowed, would turn the minimum wage into a cap on wages. Restaurant servers—the largest group of tipped employees—experience poverty at nearly three times the rate of the workforce as a whole; and about 70 percent of servers are women. Download report in PDF.
A Raise for Minnesota—Report
Who would get a raise if Minnesota's minimum wage rose to $9.50 an hour? And what effect might the higher wage have on Minnesota's consumer economy? The answers may be surprising. And the answers are important: for the state's low wage workers, for the state's consumer economy, and for the state's citizens and decision-makers. Download report in PDF.
This two page fact sheet offering 12 reasons to raise the minimum wage is an excellent quick reference or handout. Includes source citations. Download fact sheet in PDF.
Don't tipped employees make far above the minimum wage? While servers make above the minimum wage, most are not employed in expensive restaurants. The median wage for servers in Minnesota (including tips) is $9.36 per hour. Download fact sheet in PDF.
Tthere's no evidence that a tip penalty for servers leads to better pay for cooks and dishwashers. Kitchen staff in states with a tip penalty are usually paid less than they are in Minnesota. Download fact sheet in PDF.
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