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Servers, service workers to urge New York board to eliminate tip wage in favor of minimum wage

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ALBANY, New York — Restaurant servers, busboys and other tipped workers are expected to weigh in as a New York state board considers whether to mandate that they be paid the minimum wage.

The state wage board is reviewing whether to eliminate the so-called tip wage of about $5 an hour given to servers and other tipped workers. State law allows restaurants and hotels to pay those workers less than the state's $8 minimum wage, as long as their tips make up the difference.

Tip workers say the law treats them as second-class employees. Seven states already require servers to be paid the minimum wage before tips.

The board is meeting Friday in Syracuse. A recommendation to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's labor commissioner is expected this fall, with a final decision due in February.

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