Tipped minimum wage increase news conference this week

The Rhode Island State House.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A news conference has been scheduled for Thursday, March 19, to announce a coalition of 15 community, labor, faith and women’s organizations that have signed on in support of legislation to increase Rhode Island’s tipped minimum wage from the current $2.89 per hour.

The news conference will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the House Lounge.

The legislation, was introduced by Rep. Aaron Regunberg (D-Dist. 4, Providence) and would incrementally raise the wage for tipped workers between the years 2016 and 2020. The wage would be increased to $4.50 per hour on January 1, 2016. Beginning in 2020, the tip wage would be comparable to the state’s regular minimum wage at that time.

The legislation is scheduled to be heard by the House Committee on Labor the same day. That hearing will be held in Room 101 of the State House and will begin at the Rise of the House (approximately 5 p.m.).

In addition to Representative Regunberg, others expected to address the news conference are representatives from the Rhode Island AFL-CIO, the Coalition of Labor Union Women, RI-NOW, the Women’s Fund, Planned Parenthood, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, the NAACP Providence Branch, Restaurant Opportunities Center, Fuerza Laboral, Farm Fresh Rhode Island, the Bell Street Chapel, the Economic Progress Institute and others.

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