Murray’s Failed Leadership Stops Tips for Dunkin Donut Workers
Boston, MA—Today Tom Keyes, Republican candidate for State Senate in the Plymouth & Barnstable District, dropped off to Senate President Therese Murray’s office an empty box of Dunkin Donuts to symbolize letting down the crew that serve the coffee and donuts.
Last week the Senate debated an amendment regarding clarifying the definition of who is eligible to receive tips. Presently, due to a poorly drafted law pooled tips collected in Dunkin Donuts and other similar type franchises cannot be shared by the crew and the supervisor who all serve customers. If a supervisor receives tips then that donut shop is in violation of labor law which requires treble damages to be paid. These law suits are popping up across the state including Plymouth and forcing Dunkin Donut shops to prohibit tips.
Senator Joyce offered an amendment that would fix the law so these workers would once again be able to receive tips. The vote was tied 18 to 18, but then at the last moment after conferring with the Senate President at the rostrum Senator Marc Pacheco changed his vote to save Murray from having to cast the tie breaking vote. Please note that Senator Murray had voted on the crime bill, but avoided voting on this amendment.
“Senator Murray had an opportunity to stand up for the workers of her district and she failed miserably. She picks and chooses where to vote. She only votes when it is noncontroversial,” said Keyes. “The Senate President doesn’t think twice about reaching into your wallet for more tax dollars, but when given a perfect opportunity to help a minimum wage worker make a few extra bucks by earning tips, she turned her back. If I was her, I wouldn’t be going to any Dunkin Donuts any time soon or any other restaurant that pools tips.”
“Her action is about as anti-worker as you can get in the food industry,” said Keyes. “Do these clerks at Dunkin Donuts need a lobbyist to donate to Murray to get her to stand up for them? Talk about failing to deliver.”
Keyes added, “Terry Murray won’t be running on Dunkin Donuts.”
Keyes, 45, has served on the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates and as a Sandwich Selectman. He has also served on numerous boards and committees including: Water Quality Review Committee, Sandwich Economic Development Committee as liaison of the Board of Selectmen , Cemetery Commission, Assembly of Delegates Standing Committee on Economic Affairs, the 21st Century Taskforce to review the Cape Cod Commission and draft operational changes to the County Commissioners, President of the Cape Cod Selectmen and Councilors’ Association and Board of Directors, and member of the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s Selectmen and Councilors’ Association.
Keyes founded his private practice, Keyes Quality Systems in 1998, providing consulting and contract services in management, ethics and compliance. He and his wife, Melissa have two daughters, Madelynn, and Julia.