Tip-sharing changes upsetting some service workers

<p>The Department of Labor announced a proposal in December to give workplaces the freedom to share tips between traditionally tipped and non-tipped workers.&nbsp;</p>

News 12 Staff

Feb 19, 2018, 11:05 PM

Updated 2,280 days ago

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The Department of Labor announced a proposal in December to give workplaces the freedom to share tips between traditionally tipped and non-tipped workers.
While the Department of Labor says the change would help make sure “back of the house” employees like cooks and dishwashers earn a share of tips, some service workers say they aren’t happy about the prospect.
An employee of the Springdale Diner in Stamford, who has worked full-time as a waitress for over 25 years, says she believes 90 percent of her pay comes from tips. She says the thought of fewer tips does not sit well with her.
“Tips are the main base of our livelihood,” she said, noting that she and other servers earn their tips by working hard for their customers.
The rule change was proposed by the Trump administration and would allow employers to pool their employees' tips and distribute them as they see fit.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Monday he plans to take action against the proposal. He says he's worried the rule change would open the door for employers to pocket their workers' tips.


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