“All work has its dignity, and the way we give dignity to our work is by paying people what they are worth, at a minimum.” The young Democratic star of the Congress, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, presented briefly, Friday, May 31, her waitress apron in a bar in New York. The 29-year-old, who worked in a Manhattan bar until the spring of 2018, called for an increase in the salaries of partially paid employees.
- “I was afraid of losing my hand”
On Friday, she returned to a blue apron for about an hour at a restaurant in Queens, part of her riding, to support the “One Fair Wage” movement. “At the national level, the minimum hourly wage of a worker partially paid tip is $ 2.13 [1,90 euro],” said the parliamentarian, armed with a microphone behind the bar.
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez : “Any job that pays $ 2.13 an hour is not a job. It is contracted servitude.”
.@AOC: "Any job that pays $2.13 an hour is not a job. It's indentured servitude. 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… We have to raise the national minimum wage to $15 an hour." pic.twitter.com/onYPvrUls2
— The Hill (@thehill) June 1, 2019
She called on the State of New York to make its official hourly minimum wage of 15 dollars (13.39 euros) mandatory even for employees receiving tips, which is not the case today, and to raise the federal minimum wage at $ 15 as well, compared with $ 7.25 (€ 6.47) currently.
“I was afraid I had lost my hand, but no, the memory of the muscles is still there,” she wrote on Twitter after leaving the restaurant, adding a video in which she shakes a shaker.
I was nervous that I may have lost my touch – still got it! That muscle memory doesn’t quit 😉
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 31, 2019
Originally from the Bronx and “socialist” claimed, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become a favorite target of supporters of Donald Trump, who regularly take part in social networks.