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Trump administration pushing for tip-pooling

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The U.S. Department of Labor is trying to making tip-pooling legal again.

The Obama administration made that practice illegal, but a new rule could mean restaurant servers would have to turn in their tips at the end of their shifts to their managers, and the managers could distribute the collection of tips as they choose.

Nicholas Gonazales is a manager at Central 18 and says he dislikes the tip-pooling idea.

"That is why I don't like it, it allows people to work harder to make less, because they have to share it with the people who don't," says Gonazales.

The rule change would only apply to restaurants that already pay their servers the full minimum wage.

Gonzales started as a waiter and has seen first hand both sides of the argument.

"It all depends," he says. "I have worked with crews where everyone works very hard, and you kind of would not mind, but at the end of the day you still have bills to pay."

Advocates who approve of tip-pooling see it as a way to help include those in the back of the house, including cooks who typically do not receive tips.


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