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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez returns to bartending in support of a $15 minimum wage

The Congresswoman served up food and drinks to advocate for raising the minimum wage from $2.13 an hour.

The Congresswoman did so in partnership with One Fair Wage, an organization that works to increase the federal minimum wage for tipped workers. The federal minimum wage for tipped workers — like bartenders — is $2.13 an hour.

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Any job that pays $2.13 an hour is not a job, its indentured servitude, Ocasio-Cortez said. All labor has dignity. And the way that we give labor dignity is by paying people the respect and the value that they are worth at minimum. We have to make one fair wage and we have to raise the national minimum wage to $15 an hour, nothing less.

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@AOC: “Any job that pays $2.13 an hour is not a job. Its indentured servitude.” pic.twitter.com/BqI5TPeSXT

Heineken brands Tecate and Dos Equis released statements Thursday saying that the video does not represent their values.

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US congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez back behind the bar in minimum wage push

In New York City, where Ocasio-Cortez worked as a bartender prior to becoming a member of Congress, tipped workers must be paid a minimum of $10 an hour by their employer with a guarantee that through tips they will receive at least $15 an hour. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo raised the tipped and general minimum wage as part of the 2016-17 budget.

“I was nervous that I may have lost my touch – still got it! That muscle memory doesnt quit,” she wrote on Twitter after an hour taking orders and swinging a cocktail shaker at a restaurant in her Queens constituency.

Ocasio-Cortez argued a federal tipped minimum wage needs to become law in order to protect workers both from increasing costs of living and workplace harassment.

New York (AFP) – American congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez returned to her restaurant roots on Friday, donning an apron and serving drinks in Manhattan in a push to raise the countrys minimum wage.

When our rents are running away, when our food costs are running away, in dense cities like New York, Chicago, San Francisco, we need to make sure that people are paid enough to live, period, the lawmaker said.

She argued that the need to cover high costs of living puts tipped workers in vulnerable positions not faced by workers that take home set salaries.

From the start, Ocasio-Cortez traded heavily on her non-privileged background in her quest to defeat a 10-term, Democratic Party grandee in her first political race in a New York primary last June.

I remember working in restaurants, and, you know, you would have someone say something extremely inappropriate to you, or youd have someone touch you, and the thing is it would be the 28th of the month, the 29th of the month. And the first of the next month was rolling right around and you have a rent check to pay, she said. And so you are more likely to stand up for yourself and to reject sexual harassment on the 15th of the month, or maybe the 10th of the month, when you could pick up an extra shift to make up for telling that guy to go buzz off.

The 29-year-old New Yorker and rising political star, who describes herself as a socialist, worked as a bartender and waitress in a restaurant in her hometown before entering Congress last year.

She summed this up by saying, It is so real the amount of exploitation and harassment and labor violations that you will endue for the sake and the structure of tipped work.

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There is a growing movement around the US to raise the federal minimum wage, both for tipped workers and non-tipped workers. That movement has largely been led by service industry workers, particularly fast food workers, who have led strikes and work stoppages in major cities.

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Some of this activity has been organized by groups like One Fair Wage and the influential Fight for $15. As Voxs Matthew Yglesias explained in 2016:

The Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals aired the video between games of a Memorial Day doubleheader in an effort to honor fallen soldiers for their sacrifice and courage. They apologized for Ocasio-Cortez inclusion, which resulted in more death threats for the Democratic New York representative, and spent the week watching sponsors pull away.

Fight for $15 is an organizing campaign, largely funded by the Service Employees International Union, that advocates for a $15-an-hour wage floor in the fast-food industry, but more broadly campaigns for higher minimum wage laws and higher pay for all low-skill workers. The campaign prominently features protests and quasi-strikes by fast-food industry workers, as well as a general communications and lobbying strategy.

Heineken International confirmed both via email, per the Fresno Bee. The video featured a speech by former President Ronald Reagan. As he mentions enemies of freedom, a photo of Ocasio-Cortez was included with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

The group is by no means the only reason cities have been passing minimum wage hike laws, but its probably been the single most influential actor.

The Nationals told the Washington Post on Thursday they were comfortable with the results of an investigation. Per the investigation detailed in the Post, an employee pulled the incorrect version of a video the employee had been using for years. It was not fully watched before it aired.

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On the state level, these activists have seen success, with states like California, Massachusetts, New York, and Illinois passing legislation to raise their minimum wages to $15 per hour.

Other companies told The Bee they did not condone the video, but are not pulling their sponsorships. A Save Mart spokeswoman said they are seeking more information and the GAR Tootelian president said it has no intention of abandoning a good, long time friend over one mistake.

The federal government last raised the national minimum wage nearly 10 years ago, on July 24, 2009, when it went from $6.55 per hour to $7.25 per hour.

Raising the minimum wage is popular with both Democratic and Republican voters, and Democrats in the House of Representatives developed legislation earlier this year, known as the Raise the Wage Act, that would make the federal minimum wage $15 per hour. A Voxs Alexia Fernández Campbell explained:

“Cruz and AOC willing to work together on revolving-door abuses is quite a surprise, but it looks real,” he said. “They are talking about sponsoring legislation to impose a lifetime ban on members of Congress ever serving as paid lobbyists once they retire from public service. I dont know how politically feasible this legislation would be, but it is a great starting point for some meaningful ethics reforms.”

In January, House Democrats introduced the Raise the Wage Act, which would eventually double the federal minimum wage by 2024. The law would also tie future changes to changes in median workers pay. So if middle-class wages go up — or down — so would the minimum wage.

“So often, bipartisanship is marketed as: a) something only centrist moderates are capable of, or b) giving up your principles to get things done, ” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. I couldnt disagree more. You dont have to abandon your principles to agree. Being curious about other peoples values helps, too.

The bill, which has more than 200 co-sponsors (all Democrats), would also phase out the lower minimum wage for tipped workers such as restaurant servers and valets, which has been $2.13 an hour since 1996.

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The House has not yet voted on the legislation, and it could face a tough time in the Senate; Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not signaled strong support for raising the federal minimum wage in the past.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted an analysis from the watchdog group Public Citizen that found that nearly 60% of former members from the last Congress are lobbying or influencing federal policy in some way, including former Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., whom she defeated in a primary.

Despite this challenge, Ocasio-Cortez reiterated her support for the bill during her stint tending bar, tweeting, Lets pass #RaiseTheWage and get $15 an hour minimum for every worker in America.

“Heres something I dont say often: on this point, I AGREE with @AOC,” Cruz tweeted. “Indeed, I have long called for a LIFETIME BAN on former Members of Congress becoming lobbyists. The Swamp would hate it, but perhaps a chance for some bipartisan cooperation?”

I was nervous that I may have lost my touch – still got it! That muscle memory doesnt quit Now lets pass #RaiseTheWage and get $15 an hour minimum for every worker in America. pic.twitter.com/FR0ARUB7bd

“I want to make sure that we connect some dots because when we introduced the Green New Deal we were saying what is a girl from the Bronx doing and talked about environmentalism that doesnt make any sense, right?” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “Wrong. Because one of the big things that we talked about was that we need to clean our buildings. … When we talk about our right to a clean home, when we talk about retrofitting buildings, what were talking about is cleaning our air and cleaning our water because when we talk about what housing as a right means, it doesnt mean that you have a right to four crumbling walls and a dirty floor.”

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Two major sponsors announced Thursday that they ended their relationship with the Fresno Grizzlies minor league baseball team in the fallout from a Memorial Day tribute video that depicted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y as “an enemy of the people.” 

“We have to make sure that housing is being legislated as a human right,” Ocasio-Cortez arrogantly stated. “What does that mean? What it means is that our access and our ability and our guarantee to having a home comes before someone elses privilege to earn a profit.”

Dos Equis and Tecate beers, both owned by Heineken International, said they would no longer sponsor the AAA affiliate of the Washington Nationals because the video — which showed Ocasio-Cortez alongside North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and former Cuban president Fidel Castro — went strongly against their companies values. 

Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) demanded at a town hall event in the Bronx on Thursday that everybody be given “access” to guaranteed homes before anyone is allowed the “privilege to earn a profit.”

The Grizzlies apologized late Monday for the video mishap, which the team said was selected from YouTube, was the product of some “misleading and offensive editing” and  “made a statement that was not our intent and certainly not our opinion.” The employee that selected the video, which was aired in the stadium on Monday, has since been reprimanded.

Originally meant to be a tribute for the armed forces, the video, featuring a President Ronald Reagan voiceover, aired between two games of a double-header. It eventually caused an uproar and received national attention. 

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The Grizzlies tweeted earlier in the week that the organization was “embarrassed” and “unconditionally” apologized to Ocasio-Cortez. The Nationals acknowledged the situation as “an honest mistake” that was “not politically motivated.” 

But Ocasio-Cortez said in response to the video in a series of tweets Tuesday evening that “words matter, and can have consequences for safety.”

The Grizzlies loss of Dos Equis and Tecate beers as sponsors comes on the heels of the raisin company Sun-Maid pulling its corporate sponsorship on Wednesday. 

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Dos Equis said in a Twitter statement: “We are disheartened to learn of the views expressed in the video that aired during Mondays Fresno Grizzlies game, as they do not reflect our core values. We have ended our relationship with the team, effective immediately, and we have informed them accordingly.”

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Tecate added over Twitter: “Tecate has always been about togetherness and we do not support the views expressed in the video, that was aired during the Fresno Grizzlies game on Memorial day. We have ended this relationship effective immediately and have let the team know of our decision.”

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The Fresno Bee reported that sponsors Save Mart and GAR Tootelian are maintaining their relationships with the Grizzlies.

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