Haymarket Cafe owner working for higher wages for employees

7 out of the 10 lowest paying jobs in the U.S. are in the food industry

NORTHAMPTON Mass. (WWLP) – One Northampton restaurant owner is joining the fight to raise fast food workers’ pay to $15 an hour.

The Haymarket Cafe is joining forces with the Pioneer Valley Workers Center to create a movement for restaurant workers to be paid higher wages.

According to the Department of Labor, 7 out of the 10 lowest paying jobs in the U.S. are in the food industry.

Peter Simpson told 22News, “Its makes a big difference for people who work here to know that their being paid in a way, which enables them to have a living wage.”

Simpson plans to eliminate tipping and boost his employees pay to $14 an hour; with an annual one dollar increase for the next three years until reaching $17 an hour in 2018.

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