SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Should tipped workers make minimum wage? Hundreds gathered in Syracuse on Monday to state their thoughts for or against the idea.
Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed a series of Department of Labor hearings this year to gather opinions on whether or not the state should eliminate the tip credit, which would allow service workers to get paid a minimum wage on top of tips.
Those in favor of keeping the tip credit say restaurants would be forced to close and jobs could be cut without it.
"If it's not broken. Don't fix it," Christine Evans, a server from Vestal, said. "My life. This is my world. It's what I do and it's who I am."
But those opposed to the tip credit, like Zak Skinner of Rochester, say servers don't make enough already.
"It's a choke hold," Skinner, who works at a restaurant, said. "It's not providing them a sustainable life to continue on."
The Department of Labor will continue holding public hearings on the issue throughout the state until June.
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