Scott should have taken advantage of the opportunity to speak directly with that restaurant’s employees, however, says his Democratic opponent Bobbie Rose.
“So Scott has decided to be ‘server for a day’ at a local restaurant,” Rose says. “While it’s a flamboyant way to tout his concerns about ‘federal tax policies’ and ‘energy strategy,’ it’s a more appropriate venue to talk about the issues restaurant workers face daily.”
Rose cites a recent report compiled by Restaurant Centers Opportunities United that points out the struggles that hospitality industry workers face, and not only in income and employee rights, but even gender equality, as well.
“These issues,” Rose notes, “include:
- $2.13 per hour minimum wage, which has remained unchanged for the past 20 years;
- 71% of servers are female, and they are almost three times more likely to be paid below the poverty line than the general workforce;
- female restaurant workers suffer sexual harassment at more than five times the rate of the general female workforce;
- 7 of the 10 lowest-paid occupations in the U.S. are restaurant jobs. Most of these occupations are majority female and wages are below the poverty line;
- 90% of restaurant workers surveyed nationwide are not provided paid sick days or health benefits; and
- 66% of restaurant workers reported cooking, preparing and serving food while sick, because they could not afford to take unpaid time off.”
Rose’s concerns for South Carolina women employed in this field are well-founded, too.
In South Carolina, almost 125,000 citizens are employed in food service and preparation occupations, and a large majority (57.3 percent) are female.
Those South Carolina female workers in this industry only earn an average of $10,916, however – more than $2,000 less than the men employed in these same positions.
Today’s campaign event only further indicates that the incumbent congressional representative is only in tune with corporations and not with the public, Rose finds.
“Does Tim Scott really believe that cutting corporate taxes is the first thing that comes to mind when these workers think about improving their futures?” she asks.
“We can do better for our working class!”
Scott holds only a 14-percent approval rating on his year-to-date votes on issues relevant to common American households, according to The Middle Class organization.