AOC’s one-hour return to her bartending days was about a push to raise pay for tipped-wage workers in the One Fair Wage campaign by Restaurant Opportunities Center United, a group that is fighting to raise the wage for tipped workers to the full minimum wage.
The federal minimum wage for tipped workers is $2.13 an hour; only seven states require tipped workers to be paid the same as other workers. Tipped workers are predominantly women. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has co-sponsored a bill to double the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024. New York State is also weighing a proposal to bring the tipped wage in line with the minimum one.