Preserve and Protect Tipping and Tip Credit in New Mexico
On one side there are people who want to get rid of the tip wage. They argue that it is demeaning and encourages sexual harassment.
On the other
Activist groups often misleadingly point to the $2.13 base wage for tipped employees such as restaurant servers, and claim that they earn less than the minimum wage. This isn’t true: Tipped employees are guaranteed to earn at least the minimum wage and typically earn much more. Census Bureau data show that the average hourly wage for a restaurant employee earning tip income is $13.08, with top earners bringing in $24 an hour or more. If the tipped minimum wage is increased, many of these jobs and restaurants will disappear.
New Mexico Servers Want to Keep Their Tips
Read Their Stories…
“A lot of locals and a lot of tourists come here. They recognize you, they love the food, they love the service, and they love the atmosphere. Management's great, so it's a good place to work. The way you earn your income is by tips, you know? You're friendly to...read more
My name's Tiffany Garcia. I've been serving for about 13 years. I consider serving to be my professional career, and I am from Albuquerque, New Mexico. I'm working at Joe's Dining in Santa Fe. I would say mostly I love meeting new people, working with people, all...read more
Mi nombre es Brenda. Trabajo en la industria del restaurant desde el 2003. Soy de México, pero radico aquí en Santa Fe. Son ya más de 15 años que trabajo con la familia Country. Empecé en el Tomasita’s y ahora estoy en el Atrisco. Por empezar, soy madre soltera, tengo...read more
Mi nombre es Cindy, trabajo en Tomasita's. Vivo aquí en Santa Fe. Y he trabajado en Tomasita's por 14 años. Lo que mejor funciona para mí en trabajar en la industria de restaurants es la flexibilidad que tengo para ir por mi hija a la escuela, para hacer cosas que no...read more
Hear and See Their Stories…
What Drives Us
To preserve and protect tips and tip credit in New Mexico.
We are all trying to make the point with legislators that workers who are now well-paid with strong earning potential would move to a system in which they receive an hourly wage provided by their employer. Because very few restaurants could afford to pay workers $15/hour PLUS tips, many would lay off servers or compensate by switching to a flat “service charge” that would be distributed as the employer wishes.
Find Your Local Legislator
If you sign our petition we will keep you up-to-date on which legislators to contact. While they are in their home districts you can contact them yourself. Many of these legislators are your customers. Don’t hesitate to contact them on your behalf.
Questions to Consider
How much do you earn an hour on average, including tips?
Would you prefer a higher base minimum wage of $15 if it meant giving up your tips?
Would you still keep this job if you didn’t receive tips?
Have you experienced sexual harassment from customers because you are a tipped employee?
Have you ever had a situation where your tip income is not enough to cover the minimum wage or where your employer did not make up the wage shortage?