Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez served up food and drinks in order to advocate for a minimum wage of $15/hour. Those who had followed the congresswoman in the past, know her efforts to vouch for a wage increment of $2.13 an hour. She was not alone in her endeavours, One Fair Wage backed the congresswoman in her overtures regarding the wage increment. This organisation, One Fair Wage, works to increase the federal minimum wage for tipped workers.
ROC United account published the message of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter in which she had been seen advocating for a wage increment. She was found saying, “Any job that pays $2.13 an hour is not a job, it’s indentured servitude.“
It’s worth mentioning that Ocasio-Cortez had worked as a bartender prior to becoming a member of the Congress. She has campaigned vehemently in the favour of the minimum-wage increment for the tipped workers. Now, she wants the employers to guarantee that their tipped employees would be getting $15 minimum wage inclusive of the tips. During her adventure as a bar-tender, to raise the awareness for wage increment, she argued federal-tipped-minimum wage should be made a law. According to her, an increment in wage was necessary for the sake of the social security of the tipped workers.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez focused her talk on the ever-increasing rent and food cost, as she insisted an increment in the wage was the only way to negate the effects of inflation caused by such increase of expenditures. She called her campaign a personal-driven one, as in the past she had worked as a tipped-worker. Therefore, in a way she projected that she knew the travails of such workers.
Reports claim a growing impetus for wage increment
All around the US, workers are demanding an increase in the minimum wage. This movement in not old. In the past workers have rallied to get better pay and perks. Currently, the movement has been largely led by the industry workers, especially the ones working at fast food chains. Groups like One Fair Wage and Fight for $15 have organised such demands. In this regards, news reported by Matthew Yglesias can be read published by Vox magazine.
Everyone knows on state level such movements were successful. Recently, California, Massachusetts, New York, and Illinois passed law to increase the minimum wage to $15. Federal government had raised the minimum wage nearly 10 years ago to $7.25/hour from $6.55/hour.