The National Restaurant Association’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, David Miller, says the group will lobby the president on the minimum wage issue at a meeting of the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday.
In a statement, Miller said the restaurant industry will be lobbying the commission “to support raising the minimum pay floor to $15 per hour.”
The NRA has said the minimum-wage increase is needed to keep up with the cost of living, which has increased the cost for many restaurant workers.
A report released last month found that while overall wages are up, workers in restaurants are getting the worst of the wage hike.
“Our data shows that restaurant employment declined by about 1.7 percent in January,” the report said.
“And by 2019, the employment of tipped workers is projected to be 1.2 percent lower than in 2017.”
Restaurants like Chipotle and Panera Bread have also said they’re moving out of restaurants that use tips, and have begun eliminating their own servers.
Meanwhile, some states, like California, have raised the minimum hourly wage to $13 per hour.