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"I am proud to shut down the government for border security ... I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not going to blame you for it." –Donald Trump

Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Trump Administration's Shameful Plan to Steal Workers Wages and Give Them to Restaurant Owners

Waitpersons make less than the hourly wage of $7.50 and depend on tips from customers to make their earnings a liveable wage. Trump's Labor Department proposed to have the owners of the establishments where waitpersons work get their greedy hands on those tips.

Here's a report on how the Trump administration underhandedly tried to steal hard earned tips from waiters and watresses and put billions of dollars in the pockets of the eating establishment owners:

via Daily Kos 

 "[T]he official Trump administration line was that the tip money would go to back-of-house workers to make their pay more equal to tipped workers, rather than being kept by the boss. But, Bloomberg News reports, the Labor Department was suppressing an analysis that showed exactly what worker advocates said all along: 

 Senior department political officials, after viewing an annual projection that billions of dollars in tips could transfer to businesses as a result of the proposal, ordered staff to revise the data methodology to lessen the expected impact, several of the sources said. Successive calculations showed progressively reduced values, but Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta and his team are said to have still been uncomfortable with including the data in the eventual proposal. The officials disagreed with assumptions in the analysis that employers would retain their employees’ gratuities, rather than redistribute the money to other hourly workers. They wound up receiving approval from the White House to publish a proposal Dec. 5 that removed the economic transfer data altogether, the sources said. 

 Heidi Shierholz of the Economic Policy Institute pointed out the missing impact data back in December. She now says in a statement that: 

 Thanks to excellent reporting, we now know that DOL did produce an estimate, which showed that the rule would be terrible for workers, shifting billions of dollars from workers to employers—so they scrubbed it. In so doing, they ensured that workers, advocates, and anyone else who wants to comment on the proposal would have to do so without key information about the impact of the rule. This shows the lengths to which the Trump administration and Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta will go to hide the fact that they are taking steps to actively make workers’ lives worse.

Remember when Trump bragged in his inaugural address that he would look out for the forgotten Americans? That was bullshit then and it is bullshit now. His Labor Department tried to pull a fast one on the hard working waiters and waitresses to steal their tips and further enrich management. Y'know, management, the "forgotten Americans?"

Anyone who believes Trump and his administration is for the working class is a delusional fool.

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