To: Alex Acosta, US Secretary of Labor

Stop Tip Theft: Our Tips Belong To Us!

Do not give into the National Restaurant Association's pressure to issue a new rule that would allow our employers to keep our tips.

Why is this important?

I am a server at Olive Garden and have been in the service industry for 35 years. For many of those years I made $2.15 per hour. I now make $2.83 per hour. I am married 26 years now and like almost all tipped workers, I rely on my guests tips to support my family. Meanwhile my employer, the Olive Garden, which is part of Darden Restaurants, a member of the National Restaurant Association and Fortune 500 company who's CEO Gene Lee makes 4.27 million per year, is pressuring the US Department of Labor to make a rule that would allow them to take our tips and keep them for their own profit.

Not only does Olive Garden and the National Restaurant Association think it's okay to pay us as little as $2.13 per hour, but they now also think it's okay to take our tips. But we are here to tell them it's not okay. We deserve fair wages. We deserve to keep our tips. And we deserve a Department of Labor that looks out for us as workers and does not give into the pressure of the National Restaurant Association and their millionaire members.

Source: CBS News -

Source: LA Times -


Reasons for signing

  • If the incentive to give excellent service is rescinded, you can expect to see far more indifferent and mediocre service in the future.


2017-11-01 17:27:11 -0400

50 signatures reached

2017-10-31 18:35:44 -0400

25 signatures reached

2017-10-30 22:22:03 -0400

10 signatures reached