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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Re: Deducting Tips

Posted by on September 13 at 14:59 PM

On the comments thread to a slog I did earlier today about the Washington Restaurant Association’s Mike McGavick endorsement (the WRA doesn’t like Cantwell because she doesn’t support legislation that would count tips toward wages), someone posted this:

Really, I really want to know which restraunts belong to WRA. Stranger, get to work.

Posted by seattle98104 - September 13, 2006 01:34 PM


A spokesWOMAN for the WRA, reports that 705 out the 2170 Seattle restaurants are members. That’s 32%.

Starbucks is a member, which, it seems to me, would account for about 500 of those 705, but I don’t know. You could boycott Starbucks, I guess.

If you want the list of all 705, call the WRA at 360.956.7279

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I just got off the phone with the WRA, and they're not giving out any information, period. They won't even confirm or deny whether any particular restaurant is a member, claiming that it's private information between them and their members.

I'm sure they have a list on their website, not easily found, just as Gov. Schwarzenegger had a video of him sexually harassing a legislator.

Just start following all the links and using the /*.html or try using ftp to the same site.

Well, they told me Ocean Air (???) is a member. They also told me that all Seattle Starbucks were members.
Other than that, I got nothing.

But come on you guys. Are you really surprised that the WRA endorsed the GOP candidate. This tip thing is the #1 item on their agenda always. And it's a GOP issue.

Wow! Big f'ing revelation: restaurants belong to an industry association!

Before you get your undies in a twist, a whole helluva a lot of small businesses (and non-profits for that matter) belong to organizations like the Seattle Chamber of Commerce to take advantage of health care group coverage, insurance, payroll service, etc. It doesn't mean that we support every half-baked crock-of-shit initiative that comes out of the US Chamber of Commerce (of which the Seattle Chamber is a member). Guilt by association? Probably, but go ahead and start boycotting all of us anyhow if you don't have anything better to do...

Check out the Board of Directors. It lists their restaurant below their name. A partial list for sure, but it's a start.

And the board usually contributes the most.

Heaven forbid tips be categorized as wage compensation. Waitaminute -- they *are* wage compensation!

Yes, call WRA and get a members list so you can *support* the members.

And yes, some Chamber of Commerce
initiatives are halfbaked. I don't know the details of this proposed legislation, but classifying tips as part of someone's comp makes total sense.

OK, I just read it, and now I support the idea even more. Not counting tips is a loophole, nothing more.

I read that part of the actual bill:
(click Text of Legislation and scroll to the end of the index)

One thing is obvious: tipped staff still make at least the minimum wage. This isn't some corner case where people could get paid $2.50/hr.
(at least part propaganda, but not a bad intro)
(less propaganda, and a couple notable facts)

(removed the http links because of The Stranger's comment filter)

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