Restaurants under pressure with staffing shortages; while labor leaders and advocates demand more pay for tipped workers

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)–The staffing shortage continue to impact local restaurants.

Labor groups and some state leaders discussed the issue this week. They see industry-wide staff shortages as a problem that stems from tipped workers not being paid enough.

Assembly Members Jonathan Rivera and Monica Wallace were at Spot Coffee in Buffalo Monday afternoon to push the issue. They say tipped workers should be getting a regular minimum wage pay. 

“Tipped workers are some of the hardest working lowest paid workers in the country and a third of them live in poverty,” said Wallace. “So, while they serve us food, they go home many of them and feed their own family with food stamps.”

“It really has to do with wages,” Rivera said. “We need to pay employees more, we need to do more to sustain this economy.”

Angelica Morrison is an award-winning reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.

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