The National Restaurant Association said the point is to get rid of pay disparity between servers in the front and staff in the kitchen.
However, local restaurants like Sweeties Diner in Fort Pierce say the move can be unfair for many workers.
"I think it should stay the same, I do not think that pooling has merit," said owner, Rick Reed. "A customer gives a gratuity to that specific employee, that server for the service that they rendered. It's like a gift."
Reed added, "It doesn't have anything to do with the dishwasher or the cashier, or anyone else in the restaurant. You shouldn't expect or require the customer to pay all of your employees through tipping. It doesn't make any sense."
The U.S. Labor Department says the proposal would not affect employees who make less than than minimum wage.
The public will have the next 30 days to comment on the proposed rule once its published in the Federal Register's website.