NY Daily News
Nothing says working class hero like $16 avocado toast.
New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez returned to her bartender roots Friday, mixing drinks and serving food for an hour at a recently-opened eatery in her district as part of a push for a national wage hike for tipped workers.
But the location for the boozy event — The Queensboro in Jackson Heights — doesn’t exactly cater to Ocasio-Cortez’s working class constituents.
The one-year-old gastro pub charges a whopping $20 for a plate of rigatoni with ragu, $13 for spring pea salad and a princely $16 for avocado toast.
Pricey fare wasn’t on Ocasio-Cortez’s mind Friday, though, as she served up comped cocktails, wine and pizza to bar workers and labor group representatives as part of their “One Fair Wage” campaign.
“The federal tipped minimum wage is $2.13 an hour,” Ocasio-Cortez said in between slinging drinks. “That is unacceptable. Any job that pays $2.13 an hour is not a job — it’s indentured servitude.”
The low federal minimum is meant to be supplemented with tips bumping up the total hourly wage to at least $7.25. In New York City, the minimum service wage is $10, provided workers receive an additional $5 in tips.
But the 29-year-old congresswoman, who worked as a bartender in Manhattan for four years before her election last year, said labor needs more “dignity” than that.
No argument here about the necessity to raise the min. wage but to choose this venue to promote awareness about it? This would have more merit if Alexandria served tables in a diner or bottles of Bud at a dive bar instead of a pretentious bar that sells a platter of $16 beer-battered blowfish tails (???)
What makes this even more insincere is that this event and location was kept from the public for a week. As well as the containment of the press (available photos and videos of the congresswoman but apparently no questions asked) making this more of public relations stunt than a policy proposal.