A craft beer bar near Purdue University has decided to pay its staff $15 per hour instead of relying on tips from customers.
The owner of The Pint, Pat Hagamier, says he used the time his watering hole was shut down during the pandemic to reconsider how his employees earn their pay.
“It is clear that change is hard to come by in this world. So, it’s better to just do it yourself at times,” says Hagmaier.
When The Pint reopens to customers on Sunday, it will have moved away from a tip wage structure. Hagmaier says by providing a standard hourly wage, workers will have a reliable, consistent paycheck.
“I have come to realize that community means so much more than the people you live and work with throughout your daily life. It means a sense of togetherness and support that only comes through dedication to one’s fellow person,” says Hagmaier.
Customers will be paying $1 per pint more for craft beers. Hagmaier says prices on other items will remain the same.
He says the price increase does not fully cover the cost of the new wage plan.
“Part of this cost will come out of the profitability of The Pint, and that is the cost of doing business the right way,” says Hagmaier.
The bar owner says he has been considering the change for some time and decided to use the Covid-19 shutdown to examine the pay structure and put it into practice.