She’s got class. Working class! Representative  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) is as comfortable ‘knocking down the House’ as she is tending bar. Unashamed of her Boricua, working class upbringing, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez took shots at the ‘silver spoon classists’ and other critics who want the U.S. Congresswoman to go back to bartending. Well, their wish has been granted, this Friday, May 31st – Rep. Ocasio-Cortez be at working class neighborhood of Queens-NY14,  a restaurant to raise awareness for the Raise The Wage/ One Fair Wage Act, which would eliminate a lower minimum wage for tipped workers in the service industry. The event is organized by the group Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) United, which has been calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to pass the act in New York.

The “Una de las nuestras” One of Ours, Representative Ocasio-Cortez announced her plans on Twitter.

The restaurant industry is the fastest growing economic sector but the lowest paying. Restaurant servers in some states make State/Federal mandated minimum wage + tips – the Federal minimum wage is $7.25/hour. Some states like California, are higher at $12/hr by 2020. These wages still keep service workers or ‘tipped workers’ at or below the poverty level. A majority of the lowest paying of service workers are women, women of color, people of color who juggle multiple gigs to make ends meet. Having a ‘paycheck to paycheck’ quality of life is no way for Americans to live.

Service workers took praise and rallied behind Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s stance as a former service worker and advocate for a living minimum wage for all. After all, a Congress Representative’s job is to serve the public – no different from a service worker at a restaurant.


“That’s why we call it “SERVING IN CONGRESS. “But too many people “serving” in Congress believe their job is to serve the special interests, the lobbyists. Thank you, @AOC, for reminding us all that Congress is  said one Twitter follower.

If the Raise the Wage Act is passed, federal minimum wage would double by 2024 to $15/hr, per mandate, making it possible for service ‘tipped’ workers and their families to survive.