Blog Prompt #6 (11/8/2018) and Blog Prompt #7 (11/13/2018)

For Blog Post #6, post your preliminary argumentative thesis sentence and at least two claims that you will need to support as you develop your argument. Then, create links to two external sources that you think you might use in your researched argument.

 

For Blog Post #7, reply to at least two posts with a specific and articulate opposing and/or counter argument to the argumentative thesis sentences and claims posted in response to Blog Prompt #6.

148 comments for “Blog Prompt #6 (11/8/2018) and Blog Prompt #7 (11/13/2018)

  1. Mikayla Morales
    November 5, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    My preliminary arguable thesis is, “South Carolina should increase the minimum wage of tipped workers to enhance the business and the lives of the workers”.

    Claim 1: If South Carolina raised the minimum wage, the percentage of welfare given to restaurant workers would decrease tremendously.

    Claim 2: Increasing the minimum wage would decrease the unemployment rate of our state.

    Two external sources:

    https://stats.bls.gov/opub/mlr/1990/07/art3full.pdf

    https://equitablegrowth.org/minimum-wages-and-the-distribution-of-family-incomes-in-the-us/

     

    • November 5, 2018 at 5:14 pm

      Actually, a lot of people argue that increasing the minimum wage will increase unemployment because restaurant owners have only so much money to pay workers. If they have to pay employees more, then they will have to reduce the number of employees to keep their budget for wages at the same level.

    • Adeline Folland
      November 7, 2018 at 9:34 am

      Are you saying tipped workers should continue to be tipped and increase their minimum wage? Because if so they would be making a very good amount. Or most people wouldn’t tip because they know they make a sufficient amount. Make sure to make that clear in your argument.

    • Estefania Fuentes
      November 12, 2018 at 1:30 pm

      If workers still get tipped and increase the minimum wage then they will be earning a lot more than regular $7.25 wage, which to me wouldn’t be fair. Think about the restaurant itself, in order to maintain the same profit they would have to increase food prices, and most people would not be willing to pay more for certain foods.

  2. Brandon Hoover
    November 5, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    #6
    How can we help reduce numbers/cases of sexual harassment within the restaurant industries, creating a more beneficial work place for men and women?
    Why is this a regular occurrence within the food/beverage industry? How can we find ways to benefit employees from going through the problems of sexual harassment?

     
    https://www.eater.com/2017/12/6/16717060/sexual-harassment-restaurant-industry-customers-tips-fair-wage
     
    https://hbr.org/2018/01/sexual-harassment-is-pervasive-in-the-restaurant-industry-heres-what-needs-to-change
     
    https://www.restaurant.org/News-Research/News/Use-these-free-resources-and-end-sexual-harassment

    • November 5, 2018 at 5:12 pm

      I do not see a specific arguable claim that you will present as part of your argument.

      • Brandon Hoover
        November 5, 2018 at 8:10 pm

        claim 1: Getting rid of tips would help decrease the numbers of sexual harassment

        claim 2: Forming groups would help with grievance to those who have experienced sexual harassment within their work place

        claim 3: reporting all actions of sexual harassment will decrease the number of cases within the work industry

        • Brenda Martinez
          November 13, 2018 at 7:55 am

          How can getting rid of tipping decrease sexual harassment, if that will only apply to the customers but yet the employees or managers can still harass the employees. It doesn’t necessarily have to be tipping but could be some set of rules and have consequences for when they commit harassment in the work force.

      • Melvin Mckie
        November 8, 2018 at 2:44 pm

        THESIS: All waitress, no matter the circumstances should be paid the minimum wage 7.25/Hr, reguardless of their tips that are made from performing hard work throught busy day in fast food industries.

        claim 1: waitress an servers will have a better income , do to the increase in minimum wage.

        claim 2: but their tips from customers decrese do to the increase in minimum wage

        https://projects,fivethirtyeight.com/tippingworkers

        htttps://webapps.dol.govelawsHome

         

        • T’Meira Brown
          November 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm

          If a policy was put in place to raise minimum wage, what would give to make that happen? An increase in menu prices or shorter shifts? What would have to change to ensure that each server was making at least minimum wage?

        • Taylor Brown
          November 13, 2018 at 6:14 am

          If you allowed all waitresses to be paid $7.25, how would you adjust their jobs? Would you fire two or three people in order to pay other people? If you do what are those people going to do. Also if the minimum wage is increased would you give them the same employee benefits or would they change?

        • Anna Bevington
          November 13, 2018 at 10:11 pm

          It would not make sense for all servers to make the same amount of money, however you could say the minimum wage for topped workers should be raised. If you were to restrict servers to the same wages in any working environment, how would that affect the restaurant’s revenue? Would this benefit other restaurants while hurting others? What about fine dining locations where some servers make more money, sometimes up to $15/hour or more? Also, a waitress is a female server, so you might want to change that.

        • Cranston Jones
          November 13, 2018 at 11:02 pm

          If they were to increase the minimum wage to that, the workers will be getting paid a lot more than they should because they will be getting tips and a higher minimum wage.

  3. Saba Alyahya
    November 6, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    My preliminary argumentative thesis sentence is “Can we reduce Sexual Harassment by

    Reducing Gender-Wage Gap?”

    Claim 01: The gender and race of people working in restaurant industry do effect the wages

    they earn.

    Claim 02: Reporting the sexual harassment cases by the victims and strict action from the

    employers regarding this issue can help reduce the number of sexual harassment cases.

    Claim 03: By giving same wages to women like men they don’t have to rely on tips from

    customer and we can reduce the sexual harassment cases in restaurant business.

     

    Sources

    http://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/sarujayaraman/harassment-start-with-

    restaurants.

    http://www.nrn.com/workforce/10-ways-prevent-sexual-harassment-your-restaurant.

    • Airyhana Brown
      November 8, 2018 at 1:54 pm

      Are we trying to reduce sexual harassment between employees and people in power, or are we trying to reduce sexual harassment between employees and the customers?

      • Saba Alyahya
        November 12, 2018 at 10:43 am

        I am talking about the sexual harassment cases overall in restaurant industry which includes both of the cases you have mentioned.

    • Mikayla Morales
      November 13, 2018 at 12:18 am

      You could make your argument a lot stronger by creating a stronger thesis sentence to begin with. Having a statement instead of a question will help strengthen your arguments. I think someone could counter your second claim because many employees may not want to go through the hassle of reporting the harassment, and/or may be afraid of what might happen to their job. Also, what would the strict actions from the employers be?

    • Chloe Corley
      December 6, 2018 at 8:06 am

      How would reducing the wage gap reduce sexual harrasment? Your first claim does not back up your thesis.

    • Chloe Corley
      December 6, 2018 at 8:12 am

      How would reducing the gender wage gap reduce sexual harassment? Would it reduce the customers incidents or the employers?

  4. Airyhana Brown
    November 7, 2018 at 12:03 am

    Preliminary Thesis: South Carolina should raise minimum wage or abide by The Fair Wage Act to give employees a chance at a decent life

    Claim 1: Abiding by The Fair Wage Act will result in less employees on welfare

    Claim 2: Since more women are more likely to be being paid minimum wage, increasing the minimum wage will help close the huge gender pay gaps.

    https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/statutes/epa.cfm

    https://www.credomobilize.com/petitions/raise-the-minimum-wage-2

    • Adeline Folland
      November 9, 2018 at 9:47 am

      But a lot of people would say by increasing the minimum wage, a lot of people would lose their jobs. Those people wouldn’t have a chance at a decent life. How do you avoid or try to fix this?

    • Jada Lee
      November 12, 2018 at 6:54 pm

      Raising the minimum wage or abiding by the Fair Wage Act seem like they could be two separate ideas. Arguing against raising the minimum wage, this increase would potentially cost a good many people their jobs, therefore, increasing the number of people on welfare. Also, citizens may be inclined to eat at home instead of paying for expensive food, which would inevitably cost restaurant owners a great deal of money.

    • Kitten Johnson
      November 13, 2018 at 10:16 am

      How does increasing the minimum wage close the gender gap?

  5. Adeline Folland
    November 7, 2018 at 9:30 am

    My preliminary argumentative thesis sentence for my research argument is, Waffle House should increase the minimum wage and remove tips for the waitresses to decreases sexual harassment.

    Claim 1: Waitresses often take the mistreatment from their customers, by eliminating tips and increasing minimum wage they won’t have to suffer through that harassment. 

    Claim 2: Most waitresses are viewed as sexualized objects. Forcing the women without those ‘assets’ to have less pay than the more ‘attractive’ waitresses. By extinguishing tips and increasing minimum wage they will not have to worry about that any longer.

    paid.

    Sources (3):

     
    “Casual and Family-Style Restaurants.” Forked: a New Standard for American Dining, by Saru Jayaraman, Oxford University Press, 2016, pp. 27–63.

    Higher Wage Push Connects With #MeToo. Associated Press, 2018. Associated Press Video Collection. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com.
    Gurley, Lauren K. “For Waitresses and Bartenders, Sexual Harassment Is a Workplace Guarantee.” CityLab, 21 Nov. 2017,

    • Jada Lee
      November 12, 2018 at 7:02 pm

      Although raising the minimum wage could potentially eliminate sexual harassment, some servers with those ‘assets’ may end up taking a pay cut because the increased minimum wage is less than what they made in tips. This could cause employees to look for other jobs, thus, creating a short staff at Waffle House.

    • Ashley Metts
      November 12, 2018 at 9:29 pm

      I really like your claims. It looks like you will have a really good paper. The second claim makes a good point that if we eliminate the tipping then we can potentially get rid of sexual harassment from the customers. I wonder what the percent of all sexual harassment is in restaurants and if we eliminate the customers then how much sexual harassment is still going on from their coworkers?

    • Cranston Jones
      November 13, 2018 at 11:05 pm

      Even if they removed tips for the workers the customers will still harass the workers in many was especially if they don’t get the service they would like to receive.

      • Adeline Folland
        November 14, 2018 at 7:34 pm

        @Cranston Jones… How would they be sexually harassed if they do not receive adequate service? By increasing their wages, they would not have to put up with the SEXUAL harassment. They could simply be told to leave and the waitress would still get paid. Because she would not need to rely on their tip. There is no way unless they waited outside for her to get off and kidnapped her, which is not likely to happen considering when there is a shift change there are multiple people leaving and coming in at once.

  6. Adeline Folland
    November 7, 2018 at 9:31 am

    remove that word ‘paid’. I don’t know why it is there.

  7. Ithzel Contreras
    November 7, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    My preliminary thesis is, “Restaurant business owners should require each of their employees to attend diversity monthly classes before they start working in their restaurant in order to promote diversity and avoid discrimination.”
    Claim 1: Getting rid of reserving the best jobs in the front for whites, while workers of color are relegated to the back on restaurants will be a step closer to abolishing race discrimination.
    Claim 2: In the course of conducting harassment training, employers should not limit the training to sexual harassment prevention, but should include all forms of illegal discrimination and harassment, including race.
    Sources:
    rocunited.org/2011/08/restaurants-and-race-discrimination-and-disparity-in-the-food-service-sector/.

    http://fortune.com/2015/10/23/wage-gap-restaurants/
     

    • Benjamin Jollie
      November 13, 2018 at 9:30 pm

      While this is a good idea who would pay for these classes? A counter argument would be, if restaurants owners had to pay for classes for their employees the price of food would go up and people would get laid off.

    • Anna Bevington
      November 13, 2018 at 10:21 pm

      Though in theory this might sound like it would go swimmingly, how would these classes get paid for? What happens if you don’t one or any of these monthly diversity classes? Who is giving these classes and how are you keeping track of who attends? Would this be a paid monthly absence or would this have to be on the employee’s own time? Also, how will you be able to gauge if these will be effective? Because whether you are spending company money to do this or taking it out of the employees’ paychecks, you will need to know if that money and time is being put to good use.

  8. Chloe Corley
    November 7, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    My preliminary arguable thesis is, Sexual Harassment should be reduced in the food and beverage industry to give the feeling of safety to women workers and different race workers.
     
    Claim 1: Giving women workers the same wages and raise opportunities as men so they don’t have to rely on trying to get those high tips
    Claim 2: By reporting the sexual harassment problems as soon as they happen
     
    Sources:
    https://www.nrn.com/workforce/10-ways-prevent-sexual-harassment-your-restaurant
    https://hbr.org/2018/01/sexual-harassment-is-pervasive-in-the-restaurant-industry-heres-what-needs-to-change
    https://www.foodnewsfeed.com/fsr/employee-management/how-restaurants-can-root-out-sexual-harassment
     

    • darrell parker lilly
      November 12, 2018 at 9:55 am

      You may report acts sexual harassment but that will not always help the case. Yes it will get the person in trouble but it will most likely not reduce the amount of sexual harassment that goes on. You would need more protocol emplace to help prevent or deter people from sexually harassing others.

    • Madalyn Shaver
      November 12, 2018 at 12:30 pm

      I would make sure to include statistics of the women vs men wage differences.
      Also, some may argue that reporting the issues it not the problem, but it is what is done after the report is made.

    • Estefania Fuentes
      November 12, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      Would giving the same wage as men help the sexual harassment? Also, if people do report it, think of how much action is actually put into place. Most of the time people report it but nothing is done. I would say think of ways that people actually are able to report and obtain something from it.

    • Mikayla Morales
      November 13, 2018 at 12:22 am

      Some people may argue that even reporting the sexual harassment will not change the safety of the workers. What protocol would be in place after the report is made to make the environment safer for the employees?

    • Ave' Parker
      November 13, 2018 at 12:42 pm

      I feel like even if the acts of sexual harassment was reported what would that solve. Will the harassment stop? Even if women have the same wages as men it wouldn’t stop other men from coming to to harass.

    • James Jackson
      December 5, 2018 at 10:09 pm

      An easy counter argument for this is no one can control sexual harrassment so how would you write a paper about reduing sexual assault.

  9. Arionna Singleton
    November 7, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    My preliminary arguable thesis statement is “Raising the minimum wage in South Carolina will help stimulate the economy well beings.”

    Claim 1: South Carolina can pay $2.13 an hour if the employee earns enough money through tips to add up to the federal minimum wage and if the tipped worker doesn’t earn enough, the employee pays you the difference.

    Claim 2: South Carolina can create needed jobs by injecting more money into the economy and those who make just above the minimum would see a raise in their income.

    Sources: https://www.credomobilize.com/petitions/raise-the-minimum-

    wage-2

    Trottman, Melanie. “Tipped Workers Seek Seat at a Table.” Wall Street Journal – Eastern Edition. 4/4/2014, Vol. 263 Issue 78, pA3-A3. 1/2p. 1 Color Paragraph, 1 Graph. Academic Search Premier  

     

    • Mika Alday
      November 12, 2018 at 8:26 pm

      Increasing the minimum wage entails a lot of things. For example, you said that the employers will pay the difference if their workers does not earn enough tips to compensate the federal minimum wage. Where do you think employers would get the money to pay for the remainder of their workers’ paychecks? Consider the effects of the solutions (i.e. reduce workers, increase food prices) and what it may do to the economy or the dining industry.

    • Coral Crittenden
      November 13, 2018 at 1:58 pm

      You mentioned raising the minimum wage, but yet don’t mention it in your claims. Instead you said that employers pay the difference if tips don’t help pay an employee enough. If the owner pays the difference, they lose out on money in other areas. They’d have to raise food prices, or require bathrooms be for aid customers only, or fire employees to have a smaller amount of people to pay. More employees means more people to pay, which means more money they lose out on.

      • Coral Crittenden
        November 13, 2018 at 2:07 pm

        (Which idk if this is because they don’t have tipping, so employees are paid more over seas, but in France they don’t have refills, so if you want more drink, you pay for another drink. For the Coco-Cola Freestyle drink machines, there’s an engraving on the bottom of cups and in the machine, where it can tell if you’ve gotten drink out of that cup before. If you have, the machine refuses to pour anything.)

  10. Estefania Fuentes
    November 7, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Preliminary Thesis:
    San Jose restaurant should take away their tipping policy and increase their minimum wage of tipped workers. 
     
    Claim 1: The minimum wage at san Jose for a waitress is $2.13. Workers experience around $30 in tipping. However, if the employers direct wage of $2.13 per hour does not equal the minimum wage of $7.25 then the employer must make up the difference. This means that tipping should be taken away in order to make just minimum wage and waitress to have a better economic status. 
     
    https://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs15.htm
     
    Claim 2: 
    San Jose restaurants in North Carolina were taking away tips from workers. In total over 125 employees were robbed and San Jose ended up paying $511,745. Eventually, owners need to keep up with waitresses tips and making sure they get their tips and minimum wage for day. 
     
    http://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/whd/whd20160112.

    • Ithzel Contreras
      November 12, 2018 at 2:35 pm

      A lot of people would say that by increasing the minimum wage, a big amount of people would lose their jobs and that there would be less job opportunities. How can you fix these issues?

    • T’Meira Brown
      November 12, 2018 at 10:42 pm

      Why San Jose specifically? I think tipping has a more than one positive aspect. Of course it’s great when a server receives an amazing tip but a tip also reflects on the service that the guest received during their visit. If it was a bad tip then maybe the service was poor. So what I’m trying to get at is that tipping could be a learning experience for the server so getting rid of it completely would have some consequences connected to it.

    • Brenda Martinez
      November 13, 2018 at 8:05 am

      I experienced this same problem when I worked at Mi Rancho’s and it should be something that should be talked about because it is unfair. But many say that by raising the minimum wage the restaurant has to  raise its prices and reduce its staff.

  11. Arionna Singleton
    November 7, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    My preliminary arguable thesis statement is “Raising the minimum wage in South Carolina will help stimulate the economy well beings.”

    Claim 1: South Carolina can pay $2.13 an hour if the employee earns enough money through tips to add up to the federal minimum wage and if the tipped worker doesn’t earn enough, the employee pays you the difference.

    Claim 2: South Carolina can create needed jobs by injecting more money into the economy and those who make just above the minimum would see a raise in their income.

    https://www.credomobilize.com/petitions/raise-the-minimum-

    wage-2

    Trottman, Melanie. “Tipped Workers Seek Seat at a Table.” Wall Street Journal – Eastern Edition. 4/4/2014, Vol. 263 Issue 78, pA3-A3. 1/2p. 1 Color Paragraph, 1 Graph. Academic Search Premier  

     

    • Za'Leayia Robinson
      November 12, 2018 at 10:58 pm

      Who exactly should the government raise the minimum wage for? and how much exactly should the government raise the minimum wage for? With this being said where would the funds in government come from to raise the money to give to the employees for increasing minimum wage.

    • Virginia Quarles
      November 13, 2018 at 8:47 pm

      I agree that raising the minimum wage will stimulate the economy. You may want to be more specific and include information about the restaurant industry. Claim #1 will be useful in backing your argument but it does not show your point of view on the topic.

  12. T'Meira Brown
    November 7, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    Preliminary Thesis: “Should hostesses know what percentage of money everyone takes home, at the end of the night?”

    Claim 1: If hostesses were made aware of what percentage each person took home then the hourly wage will go up for hostesses so that it’s close in range with the servers.

    Claim 2: When aware morale and motivation will increase among the hostesses.

    Two External Sources:

    https://www.snagajob.com/job-descriptions/host-and-hostess/

    https://work.chron.com/hostess-vs-waitress-24342.html

    • Coral Crittenden
      November 13, 2018 at 5:30 pm

      You ask if hostesses should know the percentage, yet you say the hourly wage will go up. Having the hostesses know doesn’t change their pay, they’re simply aware that perhaps tipped workers are taking home more than them, or not. Being aware does nothing, especially for hosts, since they only seat people and get paid minimum wage. If you meant servers, knowing still doesn’t affect them, because they have no control over their pay. If they’re tipped though, your second claim can work, they have higher motivation to reach the pays of other servers if they’re aware what everyone makes.

  13. Jada Lee
    November 7, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Preliminary Thesis: Raising the minimum wage for tipped workers in South Carolina to $9.00 per hour will allow them to get off public assistance, better the economy, and reduce race and gender income inequality. 

    Claim 1: Raising the minimum wage for tipped workers will get people off public assistance. By doing this, they will, ultimately, be saving the state money.

    Claim 2: The next claim I plan to include is that raising the minimum wage will lead to a better economy because the employees have the funds to contribute to local businesses and in society.

    Source 1

    Source 2

    Source 3

     

    • Ithzel Contreras
      November 12, 2018 at 2:43 pm

      Some people would say that even though raising the minimum wage to $9 dlls per hour would help a certain amount of employees, what would you do to solve the issue of the small amount of people that would lose their job due to the increase on minimum wage?

    • Mika Alday
      November 12, 2018 at 8:43 pm

      Increasing the minimum wage to $9 per hour means employers can not only reduce their workers, but they may also resort to increasing the food prices to get the sufficient money to pay their workers $9 per hour. In addition to what Ithzel said, imagine if the restaurants’ only resort is to increase the food prices, won’t they have less customers due to the increased food prices?

    • Taylor Brown
      November 13, 2018 at 6:24 am

      How do you know that raising the minimum wage in South Carolina to $9.00 will get employees off of public assistance and reduce gender inequality? What proves that tipping is such a big gender inequality in south carolina and how does a higher minimum wage solve the problem? What if some employees are not in poverty and choose not to stimulate the economy but rather save up in case of an emergency?

  14. Hannah Gunter
    November 7, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Preliminary thesis: Tipping contributes to sexual harassment, getting rid of tipping all together will enhance the environment for the beverage and food industry. Not only for the workers but also the customers.

    Claim 1: The tight clothing that servers are encouraged to wear to increase the number of tips they receive.

    Claim 2: How tipping doesn’t set a definite amount that a server will earn while working. Some servers struggle to servive.

    Claim 3: Tipping also allows the customer to “threaten” the server with not giving a good tip.
    Source 1:
    Elejalde-Ruiz, Alexia. “’We Did Not Sign up to Work at a Strip Club’: Former Servers Allege Sexual Harassment at Twin Peaks ‘Breastaurant’ in Orland Park.” Chicagotribune.com, Chicago Tribune 27 Apr. 2018, http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-twin-peaks-sexual-harassment-allegations-20180426-story.html.
    Source 2:
    Abrams, Rachel, and Catrin Einhorn. “The Tipping Equation.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 12 Mar. 2018, http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/03/11/business/tipping-sexual-harassment.html.

  15. Taylor Brown
    November 7, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Preliminary Thesis – Tipping in, Outback Steakhouse, should be stopped so, workers’ salaries can be increased, and workers can have a stable paycheck.

    claim 1- Tipping pushes waiters into poverty because they have an unstable pay check.https://www.city-journal.org/html/minimum-wage-exemption-for-tipped-work-15999.html

    claim 2- Discrimination can have an effect on tipping based on your ethnicity.https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1559-1816.2008.00338.x

    • Tyler Gallman
      November 12, 2018 at 6:53 pm

      The company could increase the pay for the servers providing them with the possibility of a more stable income but this would cause the company to have to do something about the loss in income. They would have to either lay off employees and/or raise the prices of meals at the restaurant to make up the lost money. Is there a solution to this problem?

    • Ryan Arnott
      November 13, 2018 at 1:26 pm

      Why can’t the restaurants just increase wages and keep tipping too? Or how much do they need to increase the wages in order to. make the paycheck stable?

  16. Mika Alday
    November 7, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    Thesis Sentence: The minimum wage for tipped workers in South Carolina should be increased not only for the workers to be able to provide for their needs, but it can also alleviate issues such as race and gender discrimination, separation in the wage floor for tipped workers, and wage theft.
    Claim #1: Tipped workers would be able to afford more of their needs or their families’ needs with the increased minimum wage.
    Claim #2: Race, gender, or any other kind of discrimination would decrease in the dining industry if South Carolina would increase the minimum wage for tipped workers.
    Source #1

    Source #2

    • Saba alyahya
      November 12, 2018 at 10:46 am

      Your arguable thesis is to increase the minimum wage of the workers so that they can afford a better life style. If the minimum wage increases, the restaurant have to cut their staff which will leave many people unemployed. What is the solution to this problem?

    • Annalee McDaniel
      November 12, 2018 at 1:13 pm

      I like you’re thesis sentence and I agree with what you are saying. The only problem you may run into is all the negative things people say about raising the minimum wage. With enough source material you can form a very strong argument.

  17. Darrell Parker Lilly
    November 7, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    Thesis sentence: The minimum wage is the united states should be raised to help provided American workers in the food and beverage industry livable wages to help provide for not only them but there families also.

    claim 1: Workers can not provide the proper needs for them and their families due in part to them not making enough to do so.

    claim 2: Workers that need tips to survive are put into unsafe and unethical situations due in part to them needing the tips given to them by the costumers to survive.

    source 1

    Source 2 

    Source 3

    • Austin Williams
      November 13, 2018 at 8:33 am

      By increasing the minimum wage would make businesses lay off employees and therefore it would raise the unemployment levels. We don’t want that to happen.

    • Marcus Edgington
      November 13, 2018 at 11:55 am

      If minimum wage goes up so does the cost of life and in turn it really will not help those struggling with debt or those below poverty.

  18. Benjamin Jollie
    November 7, 2018 at 9:24 pm

     
    My preliminary thesis is, “Restaurants need to increase the wireless security of their networks due to rising cyber-attacks targeting small businesses.”
     
    Claim 1: If employers educated their employees on cyber security these cyber-attacks would be reduced significantly.
     
    Claim 2: Restaurants need to improve their wireless security by adding a dedicated firewall onto their network while also utilizing proper network segmentation.
     
    Sources:
     
    https://securityintelligence.com/news/insider-threats-account-for-nearly-75-percent-of-security-breach-incidents/
     
    https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA16-250A
     

    • Za'Leayia Robinson
      November 12, 2018 at 11:02 pm

      Why exactly should the businesses and companies be blamed for getting hacked when they didn’t know that they would be getting hacked. Also, why should all employees be trained in knowing cyber security. Everybody doesn’t have the same brain the process things like that and being able to remember it.

    • Jasna Gerou
      November 13, 2018 at 2:04 am

      If restaurants were to increase their cyber protection, how much would this cost? Could this cost also in turn increase prices of the restaurant? Or even cause them to lower wages to keep cash flow?

  19. Ashley Metts
    November 7, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    my preliminary thesis is, “Old McDonald fish camp should raise their tipped minimum wage from $2.13 to the average minimum wage.”

    Claim 1:  raising the tipped minimum wage will help reduce family poverty

    Claim 2: By raising the tipped minimum wage the employees will no longer rely completely on their tips for income.

    source 1

    source 2

    • Annalee McDaniel
      November 8, 2018 at 10:31 am

      I support the claims you’re making as well. Tip workers are often left to worry if they will make it to the end of each month without having to ask for help or assistants. Even though some may argue that increasing minimum wage means increasing menu prices in the long run this helps both the person that gets he pay increase and the people that are looking for jobs, due to more jobs being offered to help with the increase of spending in the economy.

    • Ave' Parker
      November 13, 2018 at 1:13 pm

      I agree with your claim. These are true facts that support the reason that minimum wage should be raised. If they raise the minimum wage it would be able to provide more income and people can support their families better.

  20. Cindy Lin
    November 7, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    My preliminary thesis sentence is “How can we raise the general minimum wage for nontipped workers in NY in order for them to make a living off of it?”

    Claim 1: Nontipped workers, especially for students, would be able to make a living off it.

    https://comptroller.nyc.gov/newsroom/comptroller-stringer-report-raising-minimum-wage-in-new-york-city-to-15-per-hour-will-put-10-billion-into-the-pockets-of-nearly-1-5-million-workers/

    https://theithacan.org/news/hours-for-student-employees-decrease-as-wages-increase/

    Claim 2: People who are working and getting paid minimum wage, will be able to support their family or themselves if the minimum wage was raised.

    https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/MinimumWageReport.pdf

    • Saba alyahya
      November 12, 2018 at 10:47 am

      I really liked your first claim about the students. Many students migrate to other countries in order to get higher education and they work part time to fulfil their basic necessities. What can we do for them, I surely want to learn more about it. Moreover, increasing the minimum wage of workers can result in reduction of staff which can leave many people out of job. Is there any solution to that problem?

    • Ashley Metts
      November 12, 2018 at 9:25 pm

      I really like both of your claims. The second one seems like you could get lots of information about it, although I’m not sure about the first maybe look into getting an interview?

    • Austin Williams
      November 13, 2018 at 8:36 am

      I get what you are going at but increasing it, especially in New York, would force companies to close down.

  21. Carson Weeks
    November 7, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    My preliminary argumentative thesis sentence is the minimum wage should be increased for tipped workers to the federal minimum wage because tips can fluctuate between: day of the week, hour, season, and shift, it would get rid of a lot of sexual harassment and would lower the poverty rate. Claim 1: If the national minimum wage for tipped is increased then there would be less sexual harassment in the workplace. Claim 2: If the national minimum wage for tipped is increased then workers wouldn’t have to only rely on tips for their main source of income. 

    Source 1
    Source 2

    • Madalyn Shaver
      November 12, 2018 at 12:38 pm

      I agree with what you are saying, but how realistic is it to increase minimum wage nationally? It might be better to focus on either locally, or a specific restaurant. Those in big cities may not be having these same issues with fluctuating tips.

  22. Caleb Fairchild
    November 7, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    Preliminary thesis: “Red Bowl can improve the lives of their servers by getting rid of tipping and replacing it with a fixed wage because evidence suggests that this can lead to fewer opportunities for sexual harassment, servers with more reliable wages, and will eliminate pay discrimination”

    Claim #1: Tipping leads to servers having to tolerate sexual harassment in the workplace.

    Claim #2: Tipping leaves servers’ income open to the effects of discrimination by the customer.

    Source 1 for claim #1 or Source 2 for claim#1

    Source 2

    • Tyler Gallman
      November 12, 2018 at 7:21 pm

      Tipping can lead to certain incidents of misconduct but studies show that tipping can also provide a much more substantial income than an average minimum wage pay. On another hand companies would have to do something about the loss in income. They would have to either lay off employees and/or raise the prices of meals to make up for lost income. Is there a solution to this problem?

    • Marcus Edgington
      November 13, 2018 at 12:03 pm

      In order for a tipping system to change to a fixed wage the company must make cuts somewhere possibly in employment or maybe in quality.

    • James Jackson
      December 5, 2018 at 10:02 pm

      A good counter argument Red Bowl could use against getting rid of tipping and raising their minimum wage could be the workers knew what they were getting into when they applied for the job. The hiring manager told them how much money they will be paid and they still took the job.

  23. Jasna Gerou
    November 7, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    My preliminary thesis is, “If we were to raise the federal minimum wage, the balance between small businesses, the job market, and our economy ould be severely impacted negatively”.

    Claim 1: If the federal minimum wage is raised, the job market will see a significant decrease in employment.

    Claim 2: Increasing the federal minimum wage would decrease the number of small businesses in our country.

     

    https://www.aeaweb.org/research/charts/labor-demand-minimum-wage-impact-jobs

    The Effects of Minimum Wage Increase on Small Businesses, Explained

     

     

  24. Coral Crittenden
    November 7, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    BP #6

    My thesis statement is “By eliminating tipping, workers no longer feel pressured to rely on the customers to ‘provide their paycheck’.”

    1) Getting rid of tipping is a good thing, and the customer isn’t always right.

    2)  The rates of sexual harassment can be minimized through tipped employees not striving to visually please their customers, because the customers don’t tip which makes them no longer influence the worker’s pay.

    Source #1

    Source #2

    • Kendra Zavala
      November 8, 2018 at 10:11 am

      The first claim is not well supported. If tipping is eliminated altogether, you must give these employees a pay raise. Also, even if tipping was eliminated, customers can still sexually harass employees. The only difference is that the worker can now report it without having to worry about their income being affected. I think the second claim could also be cleaned up a little bit. The wording was hard to understand, but overall it was a good claim. There just needs to be more evidence to support it.

    • Jasna Gerou
      November 13, 2018 at 2:10 am

      Is your first claim fact or opinion? Evidence is needed to support this claim. If tipping is eliminated would you also raise wages? If your thesis is to prove that eliminating tipping helps employees have a steady paycheck, how does sexual harassment fit in?

    • Daniel Henkin
      November 13, 2018 at 6:24 pm

      Counter-argument #1: getting rid of tips isn’t necessarily a good thing,instead of getting rid of tips a better solution can be to adjust the tipping system while getting a proper wage from the restaurant, that way tips will act as an incentive to work hard but the won’t make up of the employees the main wage.

      Counter-argument #2:  There’s no guarantee that sexual harassment rate will drop because employees won’t actually need the tips, it might not stop the customers from sexually harassing the employee, that’s why I think that that claim can be adjusted

  25. Virginia Quarles
    November 7, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    Minimum wage for tipped workers should be equal to the nontipped workers wage to ensure income stability and peace of mind for workers in the restaurant industry across America.
    Claim 1: Tipped workers would receive a steadier income.
    Claim 2: Poverty rates will decrease as minimum wage for tipped workers increases.
    My first external source gives current opinions from respected professors and policy analysts while also incorporating current restaurant issues in D.C.
    http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/6/19/17476586/tipped-minimum-wage-washington-dc.
    My second source analyzes states that have already taken a step in the right direction by equalizing minimum wage for tipped and non-tipped employees.

    Five Reasons to Raise the Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers

    • Candace Crowder
      November 16, 2018 at 11:49 am

      I do not think tipped workers and nontipped workers should have the same hourly income. I think tipped workers should be paid more because they are actually having to get things for the customers, having to deal with sexual harassment, attitudes, and because not all customers leave tips. Whereas nontipped workers will not have to deal with as much sexual harassment and attitudes as tipped workers because they are either in the back cooking the food, just being a cashier, or passing food through a window.

  26. Brenda Martinez
    November 8, 2018 at 7:01 am

    My preliminary arguable thesis is, ” If all Mexican restaurants raised their minimum wage to $15/hr, getting rid of tipping, there would be a better quality of work produced among its employees that would benefit the company overall.”

    claim 1: ” Why should hispanic employees get better pay if they came here illegally?”

    claim 2: ” How can Mexican restaurants benefit to its college employees?”

    Two external sources:

    Number 1

    Number 2

    • Caleb Fairchild
      November 13, 2018 at 12:18 am

      Some servers claim that tipping pays them  better than a 15$ an hour job. They also claim that this incentivizes their work. This means that getting rid of that system would likely not result in better quality of work since the workers are not as motivated. The server would also seem to suffer for this since they would not be making as much money as they could potentially be making.

      Source

    • Ryan Arnott
      November 13, 2018 at 1:14 pm

      How can you be sure that every restaurant will be able to afford the cost increases? Many businesses struggle even with the minimum wage as it is now.

    • Ryan Arnott
      November 13, 2018 at 1:23 pm

      How can you be sure that all restaurants will be able to afford the cost increase? Some restaurants already struggle with where the wages are at now.

    • Gabbi Hayes
      November 13, 2018 at 6:09 pm

      Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, will most likely make the employees happy, but it will also increase the prices in the restaurant and due to the fact that the employees are being paid more, the restaurant may not be able to afford it and will have to let some employees go.

  27. Keezee Florentville
    November 8, 2018 at 7:52 am

    Preliminary Arguable Thesis: Denny’s Restaurant should implement a staff training program to confront the racial and ethical injustices.

    Claim 1: Denny’s should provide a professional or trade association that promotes a standard of ethical conduct that provides training on the subject. This ensures employees adhere to ethical behavior and compliance policies.

    Claim 2: “Equality above all else” should be added to Denny’s code of conduct which will provide a direction and guidelines for employee’s ethical behavior.

    http://s21.q4cdn.com/520529061/files/doc_downloads/corp_gov/Code_Of_Conduct-2016.pdf

    https://www.ou.edu/deptcomm/dodjcc/groups/02C2/Denny%27s.htm

    • Kitten Johnson
      November 13, 2018 at 10:21 am

      You stated that Denny’s should provide a staff training program, which i think is a good idea, but what would happen if nothing changed?

      • Keezee Florentville
        November 13, 2018 at 11:28 am

        This is where the managers come in as motivation to the employees. By increasing the diversity in the workplace, the employees will be more keen to participate in the movement. This phase encompasses the “Each one, Teach one” proverb.

  28. Annalee McDaniel
    November 8, 2018 at 9:19 am

    My preliminary thesis sentence is, “Berkman’s
    should require a tip sharing policy to insecure that all employees are treated
    equally in the restaurant and there is less of a conflict in the restaurant and
    no major problems occur.”

    Claim:
    Implicating a tip sharing procedure will help insure
    employees are treated fairly.  Allowing employees to decide who gets
    what on their own may work in some places but in others it causes conflict.
    Claim:
    Allowing guest to tip will provide less conflict between guest
    and employees.  Not all places allow guest to tip so by
    allowing tipping there will be less conflict and happier guest.  

    Source 1
    Source 2

    • Kendra Zavala
      November 8, 2018 at 10:02 am

      I do not agree with this tip-sharing policy. Many hardworking employees would not want to share their tips with someone who is not working just as hard. If employees know that they will be getting the same amount of tips as the rest of the servers, they would not try as hard. It would not make sense for someone who has a table of 18 to share their tips with someone who has a table of 4. This will also create conflict among employees because there can be an unfair distribution of these tips.

    • Arionna Singleton
      November 12, 2018 at 8:02 pm

      The tipping policy wouldn’t be fair to the employees that is working harder than those who aren’t. There are some employees that don’t take their job as serious as those who do and that would cause trouble because they know that they are sharing tips with someone that doesn’t deserve it.

    • Carson Weeks
      November 13, 2018 at 11:32 am

      The tip sharing policy seems like it would be more trouble than what its worth. I don’t see it working for any restaurant.

    • Daniel Henkin
      November 13, 2018 at 6:31 pm

      I can’t agree with the first claim, the tip-sharing policy may cause unfairness among workers because some employees may work harder than the other and if eventually everyone is getting the same cut it will cause unhappiness and bitterness from the workers that work harder.
      I can’t understand the second claim very much, I think the second claim should be rewritten in a better way.

  29. Kendra Zavala
    November 8, 2018 at 9:55 am

    My preliminary thesis is, “Pennsylvania should raise the minimum wage for tipped workers in order to provide a more livable wage.”

    Claim 1: It can help reduce the number of people who apply for government support. An example of this is WIC and SNAP.

    source

    Claim 2: Restaurants will be able to maintain their reputation and keep their businesses open by following the right protocol.

    source

    Claim 3: It will eventually decrease the number of people in poverty.

    source

     

    • Cindy Lin
      November 12, 2018 at 9:56 pm

      If the minimum wage was to be raised, what would you raise it to in order to provide employees with a more livable wage?  What will the restaurant need to do in order to pay the tipped workers the new minimum wage? How do you think the non-tipped workers would feel about this?  Tipped workers make their money based on tips and non-tipped workers are only paid by the hour.  If the minimum wage for tipped-workers were to be raised, they would be making more money than non-tipped workers and the non-tipped workers would then demand a raise in their minimum wage as well.

    • Joseph Dixon
      November 13, 2018 at 10:11 am

      Why just do the state of Pennsylvania why not increase minimum wage everywhere in the united states, wouldn’t someone in Detroit Michigan benefit more from an increase to their minimum wage?

  30. Austin
    November 8, 2018 at 10:20 am

    My preliminary thesis is: How can we put a stop to sexual harassment inside the workplace?

    Claim 1: We can make employers take a sexual harassment prevention training course that will help them get prepared for what might happen inside their workplace.

    Claim 2: If employees do not come forward to being sexually assaulted, they could very much lose their tips and a loss of minimum wage. An action is required for this to stop

    Sources:

    https://impactcompliancetraining.com/sexual-harassment-prevention-training/?gclid=Cj0KCQiA2o_fBRC8ARIsAIOyQ-nuktnX6z6XwkIpLmvm_yDZkbeWl4itsKmHxltC92NcBEQt9fmfN8AaAsoNEALw_wcB

    https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-body-blog/201801/solution-stopping-sexual-harassment

    • Carson Weeks
      November 13, 2018 at 11:18 am

      What if the person in charge doesn’t do anything about the employee who has been sexual harassed? What do they do?

    • Keezee Florentville
      November 13, 2018 at 11:42 am

      I am of two minds. I agree that sexual harassment training can be beneficial to the workplace, but I cannot agree that employees should lose their tips for not coming forward about being sexually assaulted. In the aftermath of sexual assault, survivors can face extremely different emotions and experiences. Talking about the matter can be very difficult and sometimes embarrassing for the victim. Talking can bring about Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety and sometimes lead to suicide. People should not be punished for not being able to talk about a traumatic event.

  31. Tyler Gallman
    November 8, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Preliminary Thesis Statement
    My preliminary thesis statement is … “If the customers right to tip is taken away it eliminates the employees drive for excellence and the customers opportunity to show gratitude.”

    Claim 1 … For servers and employees, tips provide a less structured but more substantial source of income. Given that employees are working, serving customers, and providing their utmost effort, they can earn a reasonable amount more than if they did hourly work.

    Claim 2 … For the customer, if tipping were to be eliminated restaurants would increase their prices to compensate for pay increase to previously tipped employees.

    Sources 1 … Freakonomics. “Should Tipping Be Banned? Full Transcript.” Freakonomics, 18 Oct.
    2017, freakonomics.com/2013/06/03/should-tipping-be-banned-full-transcript/.

    Source 2 … Newman, Rick. “3 Reasons Why We Should Never Ban Tipping.” Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo!, 24 Mar. 2014, finance.yahoo.com/blogs/the-exchange/why-we-should-never-ban-tipping-173349084.html.

    • darrell parker lilly
      November 12, 2018 at 10:06 am

      Getting rid of tips will not diminish the workers drive for excellence and will not affect there performance in the workplace. In the restaurant getting raises and rising through the ranks is shown to be an excellent and very effective way to motivate a worker to do his or her best. As for the customer to show there gratitude being nice and just not rude will show that they are not only thankful for there good service but also just make the workplace better to be in. And I know not everyone will be nice but without tips some of the less desirable customer will not have the same amount of leverage to hold over the waiters head as they might if the the waitress say may need to pay her rent that week.

  32. Kitten Johnson
    November 8, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Preliminary Arguable Thesis: Immigrants should be able to have equal opportunities just like an American worker

    Claim(1): They can bring new and better ideas, possibly helping the business grow and make more money. Workers of color and immigrants are disproportionately affect immigrants and the people of color

    http://eds.a.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=4&sid=6797ab8d-370e-4704-b34a-997ca4d63426%40sessionmgr4009

    Claim(2): Many immigrants don’t get equal rights as an American workers including: good pay, days off, and respect.

    http://eds.a.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=11&sid=6797ab8d-370e-4704-b34a-997ca4d63426%40sessionmgr4009

     

  33. Joseph Dixon
    November 8, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Blog Prompt  #6

    my thesis statement is “By increasing minimum wage the united sates economy will be negatively affected”

    Claim1: Tipped workers sch as waiters are already payed enough from the tips they receive.

    source 1

    Claim2: Once the minimum wage increases in restaurant industry the quality of the food decreases while the price of food goes up.

    source 2

    • Airyhana Brown
      November 8, 2018 at 2:00 pm

      Right now the United States economy puts funds towards public aid and assistance. If minimum wage is risen the economy could positively benefit from it. They’ll need to put less money into public aid, and more into the economy.

    • Keezee Florentville
      November 13, 2018 at 11:55 am

      I do not agree with your first claim because paying employees too little to cover their living expenses may be adding to your overhead(The indirect costs or fixed expenses of operating a business). For instance, if an employee calls in “sick” for the week because he/she can’t afford healthcare. Your business will lose out and you might overwork the other employees to compensate for the loss of the sick one. In the event when the majority of the employees call in sick, you will be at a disadvantage and might lose customers due to the poor customer service/no customer service.

  34. Ryan Arnott
    November 8, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Thesis: South Carolina should end the minimum tipped wage in favor of a marginally higher statewide minimum wage.

    Claim 1: A tipped minimum wage is unreliable as tips aren’t guaranteed and usually aren’t enough for a living wage

    https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/03/map-where-americans-are-generous-tippers/284567/

    Seven facts about tipped workers and the tipped minimum wage

    Claim 2: Increasing the minimum wage above the federal minimum wage helps the whole economy

    How Does the Minimum Wage Impact the Economy?

    • Melvin Mckie
      November 8, 2018 at 2:42 pm

      THESIS: All waitress, no matter the circumstances should be paid the minimum wage 7.25/Hr, reguardless of their tips that are made from performing hard work throught busy day in fast food industries.

      claim 1: waitress an servers will have a better income , do to the increase in minimum wage.

      claim 2: but their tips from customers decrese do to the increase in minimum wage

      https://projects,fivethirtyeight.com/tippingworkers

      htttps://webapps.dol.govelawsHome

       

    • Evan Condon
      November 13, 2018 at 9:13 pm

      I think that tips are dependent on where you work. If you find yourself in a fast food restaurant industry such as chick-fil-a, the average salary is around $9 dollars which is above the tipped minimum wage. But if you work in a real restaurant-type environment restaurant, tips are almost guaranteed as people are paying for attentive service rather than just taking an order.

  35. Melvin Mckie
    November 8, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    THESIS: All waitress, no matter the circumstances should be paid the minimum wage 7.25/Hr, reguardless of their tips that are made from performing hard work throught busy day in fast food industries.

    claim 1: waitress an servers will have a better income , do to the increase in minimum wage.

    claim 2: but their tips from customers decrese do to the increase in minimum wage

    https://projects,fivethirtyeight.com/tippingworkers

    htttps://webapps.dol.govelawsHome

    • Gabbi Hayes
      November 13, 2018 at 6:03 pm

      I do not believe that waitresses should be getting paid that $7.25, due to the fact that, on top of getting paid $7.25, they are also getting tips, which means their income is going to be above the minimum wage. So, raising the wage from $2.13 is a good idea, but it shouldn’t be as much as $7.25.

  36. Gabbi Hayes
    November 8, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    Argument Thesis: Chick-fil-a should give their employees paid sick days to create a better working environment.

    Claim 1: Giving employees the opportunity to have paid sick days will allow the customers and employees to work in a clean and healthy environment.

    Claim 2: Employees don’t have to worry about not getting paid, while on sick leave, and knowing that they’re getting paid, means they come back to work happy and better at doing their job.

    Source 1: https://www.timesheets.com/blog/2016/04/sick-time-policy/

    Source 2: https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2016/07/12/restaurant-employees-feel-pressure-work-sick/86720774/

    • Caleb Fairchild
      November 13, 2018 at 12:35 am

      Actually, many studies have found that having paid sick days don’t reduce the amount of illness at work. Four out of five studies on the topic came back with results saying that implementing payed sick days don’t affect workplace illness. Some also claim that payed sick days can result in less opportunities for employees.

      Source

    • Virginia Quarles
      November 13, 2018 at 9:05 pm

      I agree with your preliminary thesis. Your claims support your thesis well. I would include various statistics about the relationship between paid sick days and spread of disease.

    • Shamerius Mack
      November 26, 2018 at 4:37 pm

      If workers are given paid sick days and do not earn paid sick days then where would the money come from in order to pay someone who did not work that day and it is unfair to pay someone for the work that everyone else has completed. However a system that allows employees to exchange days/hours easier could make up for the sick days that an employee may need.

  37. Cranston Jones
    November 8, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    My preliminary thesis is “Tipped workers should get a better minimum wage because the minimum wage now is not enough for their cost of living.”

    Claim #1.  Raising the minimum wage for tipped workers will put an increase in their income.

    Claim #2.  Raising the minimum wage will put a decrease in sexual harassment towards them.

    https://www.epi.org/blog/seven-facts-about-tipped-workers-and-the-tipped-minimum-wage/

    https://www.indystar.com/story/news/2018/02/23/how-low-wages-tipped-workers-may-invite-sexual-harassment/979245001/

    • Arionna Singleton
      November 12, 2018 at 8:09 pm

      I don’t believe that raising the minimum wage would put a decrease to sexual harassment because there is no correlation between the two and whether the minimum wage decrease or increase, their would still be sexual harassment.

    • Evan Condon
      November 13, 2018 at 9:09 pm

      Increasing the minimum wage will yes possibly decrease the accounts of sexual harassment from customer to employee but I think that you will still find that sexual harassment in the restaurant industry will not be decreased from employee to emplyee/employer.

  38. Candace Crowder
    November 8, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Preliminary Thesis: Minimum wage should be increased for tipped workers because it would make it easier for people to live off of and people wouldn’t struggle as much to get by.

    Claim #1: If minimum wage is increased it will help the employees to take better care of their families without as much struggle.

    Source#1:

    http://ezproxy.usca.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=7174016&site=ehost-live&scope=site

    Claim #2: If minimum wage is increased people will look forward to going to work more and work longer to make the money they need without worrying so much.

    Source #2: http://ezproxy.usca.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=124834493&site=ehost-live&scope=site

     

    • Cindy Lin
      November 12, 2018 at 10:06 pm

      If minimum wage was to be raised, what would you consider it be raised to in order for employees to take care of their families?  How would raising the minimum wage for tipped workers make them want to go to work and work longer?  By raising the tipped-workers minimum wage, will the restaurant be able to keep every server?  If the restaurant were to keep every server, what will the restaurant need to do in order to pay every server the new minimum wage?  If the restaurant cannot keep up with the new minimum wage, they will need to fire some employees.  By firing the employees, they are now jobless, and they are not making any money to support their family.  How will you handle this?

    • Joseph dixon
      November 13, 2018 at 9:51 am

      The problem with raising minimum wage for tipped workers is Small and large businesses alike can only afford higher wages by raising prices, cutting quality, or firing people. Raising minimum wage would also mean that the work load for the tipped workers would  increase considering they are getting paid more, so how does this want to make them go to work more?

  39. Madalyn Shaver
    November 8, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    Thesis: Provocative restaurants, such as Hooters, have a higher chance of sexual harassment occurring which can cause long-term psychological issues and are an unnecessary addition to the restaurant industry. 

    Claim 1: Having a sexualized restaurant that attracts a certain type of customer will increase the chances of sexual harassment occurring.
    Claim 2: Having workers whose bills depend on tips, creates an uncomfortable and inappropriate working environment. 

     

    Source 1: Convert, Bryce. “When Harassment Is the Price of the Job”. Nation, vol. 306, March. 2018, pp. 12-20. Academic Search Premier, http://eds.b.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.usca.edu:2048/ehost/detail/detail?vid=13&sid=cd28d7b8-c30b-4d08-8b0b-b2ff775a94c3%40pdc-v-sessmgr02&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZSZzY29wZT1zaXRl#AN=127864447&db=aph
    Source 2: Szymanski, Dawn. “What is the Psychological Toll of Being a Hooters Waitress?” The Conversation, August. 2015, http://theconversation.com/whats-the-psychological-toll-of-being-a-hooters-waitress-42576.  

    • Chloe Corley
      December 6, 2018 at 8:09 am

      Increasing minimum wage would’t decrease sexual harassment. It would give the workers a sense of power to stand up which could be good or bad.

  40. Arionna Singleton
    November 12, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    I don’t believe that raising the minimum wage would put a decrease to sexual harassment because there is no correlation between the two and whether the minimum wage decrease or increase, their would still be sexual harassment.

    • Shamerius Mack
      November 26, 2018 at 4:28 pm

      If the minimum wage was increased then employees would feel more comfortable standing up against sexual harassment. However, you are correct in stating that there will still be sexual harassment in the food industry but increasing the minimum wage would send a message that employees don’t have to be harassed in order to receive a tip they will no longer need as much as they need now.

  41. Marcus Edgington
    November 13, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Preliminary Thesis: Raising the Federal Minimum Wage will negatively affect the economy around and the cost of life.
    Claim 1: The US should not try to raise minimum wage and risk layoffs and significant price cuts as well as offering a new standard on wealth and poverty. 
    Claim 2 How the raised minimum wage would hurt the economy and employment levels more than the not raising it.

    Effects of a $15 Minimum Wage in California and Fresno

    New Study: Minimum Wage Increases Do Not Boost the Economy

    • Candace Crowder
      November 16, 2018 at 11:40 am

      Have you ever thought about raising minimum wage would cause a decrease in poverty rates drastically? Having high poverty rates also has a negative effect on the economy. So in my opinion, I think having a decrease in poverty rates by raising the minimum wage would have greater and positive impact on the economy rather than not raising the minimum wage at all and letting the poverty rates stay the same.

  42. Ave' Parker
    November 13, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    My argumentative thesis is how can the dependence of tips lead to sexual harassment?

    Claim 1: Do women feel like they have to be harassed in order to receive an acceptable tip.

    Claim 2: Reporting Sexual harassment may lead to termination.

    Source; Ramakrishnan, Kavita B. “Inconsistent Legal Treatment of Unwanted Sexual Advances: A Study of the Homosexual Advance Defense, Street Harassment, and Sexual Harassment in the Workplace.” Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice, vol. 26, no. 2, Oct. 2011, pp. 291–35

    https://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/legal-resources/know-your-rights-at-work/workplace-sexual-harassment/5. EBSCOhost,s

     

     

     

  43. Evan Condon
    November 13, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    My argumentative thesis is, “The tipped minimum wage for restaurant workers should be increased to $7.25/hour.”

    Claim 1: Increasing the tipped minimum wage will decrease the amount of sexual assault from the customer to worker.

    Claim 2: Increasing the tipped minimum wage will allow for a more livable income for workers in the restaurant industry.

    Source 1: http://eds.a.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=7&sid=94470283-2df6-4b99-87ec-c293c83bc946%40sdc-v-sessmgr04

    Source 2: http://eds.a.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=12&sid=94470283-2df6-4b99-87ec-c293c83bc946%40sdc-v-sessmgr04

    • Benjamin Jollie
      November 13, 2018 at 9:35 pm

      Increasing the minimum wage would give a business less money to hire more employees while also increasing the cost of food.

  44. Anna Bevington
    November 13, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    THESIS: To prevent sexual harassment, restaurants should have have employees sign a contract when hired that clearly explains what their policies are on sexual harassment, and gives a clear plan of punishment.

    CLAIM #1: Though most restaurants have some sort of code of conduct, creating a specific set of policies on sexual harassment would help to emphasize the lack of toleration.

    CLAIM #2: Giving specific consequences for committing an act of sexual harassment would help give the victim some comfort to know that something will be done to the person that violated them.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/11/24/the-industries-with-the-worst-sexual-harassment-problem/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.932a53cfd3f5

    https://thetakeout.com/an-unfortunate-running-list-of-food-industry-sexual-har-1821334092

  45. Staccaya Moyd
    November 14, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    Thesis:KFC should put in place stricter guidelines for when sexual harassment takes place in its companies.

    Claim: KFC needs to eliminate its manager to manager report system but instead take the ignition to work faster to ensure the victims safety.

    Claim:  KFC need to provide better ways for victims to speak up about possible harassment by allowing safe spaces within the work place

  46. Shamerius Mack
    November 26, 2018 at 10:57 am

    My preliminary argumentative thesis states that increasing the minimum wage of non-tipped/tipped workers in the state of South Carolina would benefit the state and its people in a numerous amount of ways.
    Claim #1: Increasing the minimum wage would reduce crime in the state of South Carolina
    Claim #2: Increasing the minimum wage would improve South Carolina’s economy
    Link #1:
    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/05/raise-the-minimum-wage-reduce-crime/480912/
    Link #2: https://www.americanprogressaction.org/issues/economy/news/2013/12/03/80222/raising-the-minimum-wage-would-help-not-hurt-our-economy/
     

  47. James Jackson
    December 5, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    my preliminary argument is “Denny’s is not doing enough to end racism in their restaurants and should try to implement more minorities, but they have recently done so and it has not solve the racist problem and now Denny’s need to do more”

    Link #1 : https://www.nytimes.com/1994/05/27/opinion/on-denny-s-menu-discrimination.htmlLink #2: https://www.diversityinc.com/Organizational-Misbehavior/dennys-is-still-racist

  48. Za'Leayia Robinson
    December 6, 2018 at 1:30 am

    The prelimary thesis statement that I came up with was “How can we change the way we go about to handle racial discrimination in the workplace?”.

    Claim #1 You just brush it off like it never happened

    Claim #2 File a report and let the boss handle the situation

    Link #1: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/haters-dont-work-here-how-strong-leaders-handle-racism_us_59a06618e4b0a62d0987aebf

    Link #2: https://www.eeoc.gov/employees/howtofile.cfm

    • Rhyan Faile
      December 11, 2018 at 10:46 am

      If you just brush it off, then what’s to say it won’t just happen again. Also, if the boss is on the other persons side, then no action will be taken against the offender.

  49. Kayce Jendraszek
    December 6, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    My argumentative thesis:  ‘South Carolina food-service-industry tipped workers, rather than having tips make up most of their salaries, should receive tips in addition to the nontipped standard.’

    Claim 1:  Tipped workers barely earn enough to live on, based on the math of a minimum-wage 40-hour week in South Carolina.

    Claim 2:  Adding the extra money would improve quality of work for these earning the extra money.

    Link 1:  https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2017/07/10/restaurant-tip-best-tippers-20-percent/455374001/

    Link 2:  https://smartasset.com/mortgage/what-is-the-cost-of-living-in-south-carolina

    • Rhyan Faile
      December 11, 2018 at 10:50 am

      Firstly, are the tipped workers you speak of single parents with three kids, or are they still in high school living with their parents? Also, they may have a spouse who works a much better job and the server job is just for extra money. Adding extra money to the worker’s salary really doesn’t guarantee better performance.

  50. Rhyan Faile
    December 11, 2018 at 10:42 am

    My argumentative thesis is that racism practices in restaurants are not good for the restaurant or the people that choose to eat there.

    Claim 1: Racism is a very toxic idea that divides people and that is something that should not happen in restaurants.

    Claim 2: Employees of the restaurant should not have to worry about getting a lower paying position because of their skin color.

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