NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The Haymarket Cafe in Northampton has gained some national recognition for paying a $15 an hour minimum wage.
In November of last year, the Haymarket Cafe in downtown Northampton announced they would boost wages, and eliminate tipping.
Now, workers are making a minimum $15 an hour, the wage will increase a dollar a year until wages reach $17 an hour in 2017.
To accommodate the higher payroll, Haymarket says they’ve raised Cafe prices by 10% and prices downstairs by 20% but, customers are not paying more because the gratuity is included in the price.
Geneva Mollins Manager of Haymarket Café told 22News, “It’s really hard to work a job, be putting in 40-plus hours a week and not be able to support yourself or your kids. There’s a lot of people who can’t do that on 40 or 60 hours and that just doesn’t feel fair. It doesn’t feel right.”
Congressman Jim McGovern recently used the Haymarket Cafe as an example of progressive wage reform to congress, calling it “a positive step for the Northampton economy and community.”
Haymarket says two people have left since they changed their wage structure, because they wanted to receive tips.