NY to consider higher wage of $7 an hour for tipped workers

ALBANY (AP) - Servers, busboys and hotel housekeepers in New York could soon get a raise, though not as big as labor advocates want.

State law allows servers and other tipped workers to make less than the state’s minimum wage of $8.75 an hour as long as their tips make up the difference. For servers, the base wage is $5. For other tipped workers, it is $5.65.

On Thursday, the State Wage Board considered the so-called tipping wage in its plans to recommend a figure to the state labor commissioner, who will make the final decision.

The three-member board discussed, but did not approve, a recommendation to raise the wage to the state’s minimum. Instead, the board decided to consider at the next meeting a recommendation to raise the tipping wage to $7 an hour.

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