Connecticut Employees Don’t Want Changes to the Tip Credit

This week, One Fair Wage and aligned state lawmakers held a press conference rallying for Connecticut SB 221, which would eliminate the state tip credit by 2027.

Not only is this bill capable of causing serious harm to Connecticut’s tipped employees and restaurants, tipped servers and bartenders themselves reject the proposal.

Ahead of the press conference, the Connecticut Restaurant Association released a survey of over 400 local servers and bartenders, who overwhelmingly oppose the proposal in SB 221.

  • 96% indicated they prefer the current tip credit system over a flat minimum wage;
  • 91% reported they earn at least $20 per hour when tips are factored in, and 61% reported earning $30 per hour or more;
  • 95% responded that eliminating the state tip credit would cause them to earn less;
  • 83% responded that their customers would be unlikely to tip on top of a mandatory service charge.

View a full write-up of the survey results here.

Employees’ backlash to the proposal isn’t surprising: the economics behind tip credit elimination indicate the policy is bad for employees, restaurants, and customers. This crisis scenario is currently playing out in Washington, D.C.

Connecticut’s tipped employees know the economic truths behind eliminating the tip credit:

One Fair Wage has a track record of pushing bad policy in areas that don’t want what they’re selling. A similar proposal died in the Connecticut legislature last year after local restaurants voiced concerns that it would hurt their employees and endanger their survival. Tipped employees have led the fight to save tip credits across the country, including in Maine, New York, and Rhode Island.

Lawmakers should pay attention to local employees, not out-of-state activists.