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A congresswoman, a state rep, a city councillor speak up for minimum wage for tipped workers

By Mia McCarthy

Dorchester Reporter

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, state Rep. Brandy Fluker-Oakley, and Boston City Councillor Lydia Edwards expressed support for a minimum wage for tipped workers at a virtual Women’s History month event held on March 26.

“Massachusetts Women Workers Rising: Building a Path Forward Together” was hosted by the organizations One Fair Wage, Matahari Women Workers Center, and Mass Jobs With Justice.

Speakers from each group promoted the One Fair Wage bill, a proposal that would stop employers from paying a subminimum wage for tipped workers.

“Nobody should live in poverty regardless of their employment, but the fact that restaurant workers are not being paid a living wage is appalling and we need to chip away at this system,” said Fluker-Oakley, who represents parts of Dorchester and Mattapan in the 12th Suffolk district. “Massachusetts is in a position to do that,” she added. “We can limit the number of workers experiencing poverty by becoming a one fair wage state.”

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