We are in your corner when it comes to minimum wage issues. The onslaught of proposed legislation regarding wages in New Mexico has hit like a ton of bricks, and we know that making sense of all of it is a lot to take in– especially for a busy restaurant operator who is already giving 110% of their time and energy to their business.
So, it’s our job to keep our members informed of the updates as we continue to promote and protect the restaurant industry in New Mexico.
There are multiple bills that we are following. As always, you can keep informed of the status of those by viewing our latest legislative tracker.
Advocacy Actions Summary
Here’s a summary of just some of our efforts so far, including some action items on what you can do next.
- Hired a legislative specialist to focus on the tip credit and minimum wage issue specifically. Our Government Affairs Director continues to lobby and track this cause and others from Santa Fe.
- Filmed server testimonials at Santa Fe Restaurants. It was vital for us to get their point of view heard. View the video on our homepage here.
- Posting daily and monitoring the conversation on our server centered Facebook page, Serving New Mexico. Join in the conversation!
- Launched Saveourtipsnm.org so servers had a vehicle to easily advocate for themselves and reach legislators
- Launched a text campaign to allow the general public and all advocates to stay informed on these issues and speak up on the livelihood of their favorite servers. Join up by texting TIPS to: 52886.
- Developed two click process for advocates to send letters to their legislators here.
- Produced “Save our tips” campaign collateral to include t-shirts, buttons, bill inserts, and coasters. We have provided these at many of our advocacy meetings throughout the state. Contact us to get more information.
- Met with the editorial boards of the Santa Fe New Mexican and the Albuquerque Journal to discuss our opposition (especially to HB 31) and how it will affect restaurants and servers alike.
- Continue to advertise and attend committee meetings in the legislature
- Conducted a webinar on Minimum Wage Bills
- Conducted a teleconference for members and advocates to call in on status of HB 31 and SB 437. Subscribe to our legislative update and vital alerts here.
- Held emergency meetings in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Las Cruces to update members and advocates on issues.
Status of Current Bills
Summary status of HB 31. View full bill here.
- 2/1 – Heard in House Commerce and Economic Development Committee – Passed and moved to House Floor for debate
- 2/6 – Schedule for debate on House Floor
Summary status of SB 437. View full bill here.
- This bill DOES include language that includes the tip credit. The bill has not yet been scheduled for committee.
Other bills will be updated here as prudent. Get the latest tracker here for a full list of legislation that will affect you.
Printable Flyers and Materials
Articles Regarding Minimum Wage and Tipped Wage
2/11/2019 -Every $1 increase = 14% Closure, Hike in minimum wage prompts more closings of restaurants, Washington Examiner
2/5/2019 – Lujan Grisham not swayed by minimum wage bill critics; Las Cruces Sun News
2/4/2019 – Server’s Point of View – Santa Fe Legislators, please don’t give me a so-called ‘raise’; Las Cruces Sun News
2/4/2019 – Op-Ed: Don’t overlook the Tip Credit – A higher minimum wage is right for New Mexico; Santa Fe New Mexican
2/4/2019 – Lujan Grisham not swayed by wage bill critics; Albuquerque Journal
2/2/2019 – The Governor’s Take – Our minimum wage is too low – Santa Fe New Mexican
2/1/2019 – Committee OKs wage bill despite tip outcry; Albuquerque Journal
2/1/2019 – New Mexico restaurant industry fights wage bill; Santa Fe New Mexican
1/31/2019 – Minimum wage bill draws fire from restaurant owners; Albuquerque Journal
1/17/19 – National Trends on Minimum Wage, Congressional Democrats air plan to kill the tip credit, raise the minimum wage to $15; Restaurant Business
1/14/19 – Server Op-Ed, “Servers do not want a tipped minimum wage increase”; Santa Fe New Mexican
12/18/18 – Pre-Filed Minimum Wage Bills, “Dems look to boost New Mexico’s minimum wage”; Santa Fe New Mexican