New York August 13, 2021

Even with a New Governor, Ending the Tip Credit Would Still Harm New York’s Restaurant Employees

The Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) and its affiliated non-profit One Fair Wage (OFW) have relentlessly demanded that New York state lawmakers scrap the tip credit, which allows restaurant employers to count tips towards the minimum wage requirement. While it aggressively pushed Governor Andrew Cuomo to raise the state minimum wage…
New York July 1, 2021

Ahead of NY State Wage Hike, NYC’s Experience With $15 Previews Employment Consequences

July 1st marks a scheduled raise to a $15 minimum wage for all fast food workers across New York State. Eighteen other states and localities saw minimum wage hikes yesterday too. But areas considering their own wage increases should be wary of the impact $15 can have, as…
New York February 27, 2020

Wage Hikes Take a Bite out of Big Apple Restaurants

Recently-released data from the New York State Department of Labor show that New York City suffered its second straight year of declining employment in the full-service restaurant industry. Nearly 5,000 full-service restaurant jobs have been lost in the city since 2017. The city hasn’t experienced consecutive years…
New York September 25, 2019

The New York Fed Gets It Wrong On New York’s Tipped Wage

In a recent blog post, a team of researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York conclude that the state’s experiment with rapidly-rising minimum wage levels had “no discernible effect on employment.” The researchers draw this conclusion after comparing “leisure and hospitality” employment in bordering counties between…
New York April 12, 2018

ROC Wants To Destroy New York’s “System of Tipping”

A full-page ad in today’s New York Post exposes the true motives behind the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) and its push to eliminate the tip credit. (For those not acquainted with the tip credit debate, a primer is available here.) ROC’s founder, Saru Jayaraman, has been a long-time…
New York, Research March 2, 2018

What Cuomo Gets Wrong about the Tipped Wage

Governor Andrew Cuomo is eager to abolish New York’s tipped wage. So eager, in fact, that he’s willing to justify his agenda with false data analysis from the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC). A new policy brief from the Employment Policies Institute outlines the problems with eliminating tip wages and explains…
New York March 15, 2016

Cuomo’s Reckless Drive for $15

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s RV trip around the state to pitch his $15 minimum wage proposal has been fueled with lofty claims and misleading facts. In an ad in today’s New York Post, we take on his boldest claim, that there’s “no credible evidence” that his proposed minimum wage will hurt the…
New York August 21, 2015

New York’s Fast Food Flop

When New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in May his intention to impanel a wage board to “examine the minimum wage in the fast food industry,” fair-minded observers understood the implications: The minimum wage was going up, and it was most likely rising to the $15-an-hour level demanded by the…