SACRAMENTO — Angry waitresses, along with two Los Angeles-area legislators and several community groups, complained Tuesday that the state's proposed new minimum wage of $4.25 an hour is too little, too late.
One of the complaints is that the minimum wage increase from $3.35 an hour to $4.25 does not take effect until July 1.
Another is that the state Industrial Welfare Commission, in approving the increase, created a two-tiered wage system. Waitresses, waiters, students and other workers who receive $60 or more a month in tips will get a lower minimum wage of $3.50 an hour.
"It's ridiculous. It really makes me angry," said Scotty Lukse, a waitress at Brannon's Bar and Grill, a popular political hangout a block from the Capitol.