Launching Income Equality in Oregon's Small Businesses
ORLA believes in the importance of income equality inside the walls of Oregon’s small business restaurants and lodging establishments. We believe in the concept so much that we partnered with Democratic and Republican lawmakers this session to introduce the most progressive income equality proposal in the nation. Our proposal? If a front-of-the-house worker is making more than $5 above the minimum wage rate in their region through a combination of their base wage and tips during a given pay period, then the employer can adjust their base wage to $10 an hour, freeing up revenue for kitchen and back-of-the-house staff raises and bonuses.
As it stands now, because Oregon does not have a tip credit and our minimum wage continues to increase, servers see those increases and can end up making as much as four times what back-of-the-house workers make and employers have few options available to help level the playing field.