A movement to increase the minimum wage is underway both nationally and in Georgia. But it’s a contentious topic at best. The federal minimum wage currently stands at $7.25 an hour, and in Georgia it’s even lower at $5.15 an hour. Advocates pushing for an increase want a minimum of $15 an hour.
Shannayl Connolly with the TM Restaurant Group discussed the downside of a potential minimum wage hike on the restaurant industry on ''Closer Look.''
Most minimum-wage workers in Georgia are classified under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and are paid the federal minimum wage, but those not covered under the FLSA could be making the state wage of $5.15 an hour.
Those working for tips, like restaurant workers, typically earn much less, around $2.15 an hour.
One grassroots movement in Georgia is working to change those numbers. The group ATL Raise Up is part of the movement to increase the minimum wage to $15 and joined “Closer Look” last week to discuss it.
But the CEO of the Georgia Restaurant Association, Karen Bremer, said during an interview on “Closer Look,” that a minimum wage hike to $15 an hour is a bad idea. “It eliminates an entry level for young people to start their careers,” Bremer said.
Bremer and Shannayl Connolly with the TM Restaurant Group discussed the downside of a potential minimum wage hike on the restaurant industry with WABE’s Rose Scott and Denis O’Hayer on “Closer Look.”
Listen to the recording of the interview here.