A group of New York restaurant workers who would be forced to live the real-life effects of the left’s campaign to drive up the minimum wage had a clear message for Hollywood elitists intervening on their behalf: thanks, but no thanks.
Sarah Jessica Parker, Reese Witherspoon and Natalie Portman were among more than a dozen Hollywood stars who signed on to letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo asking him to raise the minimum wage for tipped workers, according to the New York Post.
A counter effort — 500 member strong — was organized by Maggie Raczynski, who is a bartender at the Clifton Park Outback Steakhouse, and the group produced a letter of its own.
“You’ve been misled that we earn less than minimum wage and that we’re somehow helpless victims of sexual harassment,” the letter said. “Thank you for your concern. But we don’t need your help and we’re not asking to be saved.”
Raczynski is seen below speaking to fellow industry workers about contacting their legislators.
Cuomo is considering raising the minimum wage for tipped workers to the same level as the regular minimum wage, which will be $15 by 2020, The Post reported.
Critics argue that rising minimum wages can impact workers in negative ways, chief among them are fewer jobs and shorter hours.
But tipped workers are in a category of their own and tend to make well above the minimum wage. They are also highly protective of their work environment and the impact outside influences can have on their precarious income.
“The cost of food is going to go up and the number of servers is going to go down,” Raczynski told The Post.
And while liberals struggle to grasp basic economics, social media users get it, as seen in the responses on Twitter:
Don't worry, I'm sure the liberal pundits know more about the restaurant industry than the professionals who actually work in the industry https://t.co/BR82Gf8bPW
— Mose Shrute (@JAlfredPrufread) April 2, 2018
If celebrities want restaurant workers to make more money, they can tip higher. https://t.co/k5YaA6HGOj
— damoncjones1980 (@damoncjones80) April 2, 2018
Calls for higher wages are always made by economic illiterates. Higher wages kill jobs, hours, and leave everyone with a net LOSS of money. Only market forces can dictate wages. https://t.co/w03IZWVslQ
— Michael Daly (@STP43FAN) April 2, 2018
Just tip your server. Stay out of the rest of it.
— ??Melissa K?? (@missksa) April 1, 2018
500 NY tipped workers send letter to small group of Hollywood celebrities who are backing @rocunited attempt to outlaw the tip-wage system, in worker effort to protect their professional livelihoods and good wages at restaurants and bars.https://t.co/u2ZeACR0pG
— Mark Lee (@MarkLeeDC) April 1, 2018
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