The Wisconsin Restaurant Association agrees a discussion is needed regarding the current federal minimum wage. It has been over a decade since it was increased and those discussions are overdue.
However, now is not the time to raise the minimum wage or eliminate the tip credit. Restaurants are experiencing the worst economic downturn in history during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some restaurants will not see an economic recovery until 2023, or later.
The restaurant industry needs time to recover, but at the same time, the Wisconsin Restaurant Association and its members are ready to have a conversation about a balanced way to address wage levels in the foodservice industry and the unique impact any change would have on the economic recovery of its employees and restaurant operators.