The Portland Restaurant Workers Association (PRWA) is a community group of workers committed to promoting Solidarity, Support, & Education among food-and-beverage service workers in our city.
The PRWA has discontinued our phone number as of the new year.
Please read on for alternative numbers to call.
If you have wage theft issues to discuss or report, please call the Portland Solidarity Network at 503-446-6065.
If you want help with other problems on the job, or are interested in forming a union, please call the Portland IWW at 503-231-5488.
Thank you for your help and understanding.
Dishing It Out
Dishing It Out is the PRWA’s blog covering local topics within the restaurant worker community. Our city, our industry, our stories. Email story leads to firstname.lastname@example.org.
by William Pilgrim
Oregon’s minimum wage will rise from $8.80 to $8.95 on January 1, 2013, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) announced in September. This is a victory for Oregon workers. In most of the country minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, and a ridiculous $2.13 per hour for tipped employees.
In Oregon the minimum wage applies to almost all workers, including those who customarily receive tips. While the raise is designed only to match annual inflation (the overall yearly increase in prices), this wage increase, though small, means more money will be kept in our communities, and helps keep the gainfully employed out of abject poverty.
This wage translates into almost $18,000 per year before Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Income, and other taxes, barely enough for a single person to get by on, and certainly not enough for a family. If the minimum wage had kept pace with inflation over the last 40 years, it would be $10.55 an hour.
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