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Congressman Tim Ryan

Representing the 13th District of Ohio

Ohio House Democrats joint statement opposing Trump tip rule, and efforts to withhold data of its negative impact on workers

February 2, 2018
Press Release
Trump tip and wages rule would take $234 million from Ohioans pockets

Washington, D.C.  Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13), Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) issued the following joint statement regarding the U.S. Department of Labor’s efforts to put forth a harmful rule that would make it legal for employers’ to take a portion of workers earned tips. Additionally, the Labor Department has come under fire for reportedly shelving an internal government study that detailed how the proposed rule would harm workers who earn tips, like servers and bartenders, while also asserting in their rollout materials they were unaware of how the rule would impact workers.

“We are extremely concerned with the lack of transparency and efforts to misinform the public regarding this pending Department of Labor rule,” said the Members. “The way the rule is currently worded does nothing to protect the hard-earned pay from workers across Ohio and our Nation, in fact, it takes us backward. The U.S. government, especially the Department of Labor, should stand on the side of our workers, not help greedy companies reach into their pockets for their hard-earned wages. We urge this Administration to scrap this rule and go back to the drawing board.”

According to a study from the Economic Policy Institute, American workers would lose $5.8 billion annually and Ohio workers could lose an estimated $224 million if the Department of Labor’s rule is finalized.