Economy

July 24, 2009

Talk about minimum wage: If you wait tables, it's still just $2.13

Friday's increase in the federal minimum wage left Leanne Foti feeling a little hollow. A single mother of two, Foti works as a waitress at the Bridgewater Diner in Bridgewater, N.J. So her base pay of $2.13 per hour didn't budge Friday when the federal minimum wage went from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour. The federal floor wage for tipped workers has been stuck at $2.13 hourly for 18 years.

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