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Restaurant workers' tips significantly decline compared to pre-pandemic times

Posted at 12:04 PM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 15:39:19-05

We've been telling you about the struggle the dining business is facing with hundreds of restaurants closing in Nevada in the past year.

As for those who have kept their jobs, their take-home pay is no where near pre-pandemic times.

According to the nonprofit One Fair Wage, which advocates on behalf of restaurant workers, more than 80% of workers surveyed say their tips have declined significantly.

One restaurant in Colorado is eliminating tips altogether, which means higher menu prices.

"We began to take a really long and hard look at could we do something different? Could we meet the same goals we have of equity across our team and the kind of pay level we want to see our team have. Could we do that in a different and better way?" said Russ Ware, co-owner of Good Neighbors.

For restaurants still accepting tips, a New York Times tip-giving guide says if you're in a position to give, consider a generous tip, and consider leaving a tip even if you order your food and drinks to-go.