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.