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The 3rd-largest US city and foodie paradise of the Midwest has joined the tipped minimum wage ban. By July 2028, all workers in Chicago will be paid the same minimum wage, regardless of whether they earn tips.

A Step Towards Economic Justice for Subminimum Wage Workers

The ban is part of a national movement to eliminate the tipped minimum wage, which critics argue is discriminatory and unfair to tipped workers. Chicago’s involvement in the minimum wage tip ban reflects a broader trend in addressing wage disparities within the restaurant industry. By banning the tip credit system, the city aims to provide more equitable compensation and financial stability for all workers, including those who rely on tips as part of their income.

This is a significant victory for tipped workers in Chicago. Tipped workers are often more likely to be women, people of color, and low-income workers. They are also more likely to experience poverty and food insecurity. The tipped minimum wage ban in Chicago will help to reduce these disparities and improve the lives of tipped workers.

Overall, it is too early to say definitively what the impact of the Chicago tipped minimum wage ban will be. However, this is a significant development in the fight for economic justice for tipped workers.

A Historical Perspective on Tips

A waitress serves and smiles.
This movement guarantees that servers will be paid minimum wage, independent of tips.

Tipping in the US began in the mid-1800s when wealthy Americans brought the practice back from their European travels, Tipping was initially seen as a way to flaunt one’s wealth and status, but it quickly became a common practice in restaurants and other service industries to offset business costs. Tipping also has ties to post-civil war days when restaurant owners refused to pay newly freed African Americans a wage.

Is Your City or State Joining the Tipped Minimum Wage Ban?

As of this time, tipped minimum wage bans have been enacted or is in processed of being enacted, in several cities and states across the country. Do you support this movement? Why or why not? Let us know in the comment section!

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