- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Nuns, ministers and other religious leaders have held a prayer vigil at the New York state Capitol in support of a wage increase for tipped workers.

The group gathered Monday to call on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration to eliminate the so-called “tip wage” of about $5 an hour paid to servers, busboys and hotel housekeepers.

State law allows restaurants and hotels to pay less than the state’s $8.75 minimum wage, as long as tips make up the difference. A state panel is studying whether to eliminate the tip wage and make all workers subject to the same minimum wage.

A decision by the state’s labor commissioner is due next month.

Members of the group at the vigil say they also support raising the overall minimum wage.

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