Pa.’s $2.83 an hour tipped worker is probably broke

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Christina Munce waits tables at Broad Street Diner in Philadelphia, where she's worked for more than eight years. (Sasha Arutyunova for TIME)

Christina Munce waits tables at Broad Street Diner in Philadelphia, where she's worked for more than eight years. (Sasha Arutyunova for TIME)

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Tipped workers in Pennsylvania make only $2.83 an hour on the books, and, while their employers are supposed to make up the difference to get them to the minimum wage of $7.25, that doesn’t always happen. Malcolm Burnley, a reporter with The Fuller Project, explains why service workers are paid this way in the first place — and why it’s so hard for many in this booming industry to make ends meet.

Click here to read Malcolm’s story with reporter Alana Semuels in Time Magazine.

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