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DC Council Again Contradicts Voters' Will on Tipped Worker Wages

D.C. voters voted in June to increase tipped workers' wages

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    Council Will Vote Again on Law to Raise Tipped Worker Wages

    The D.C. Council is getting ready to take a final vote on Initiative 77, the measure that would require all tipped workers to make $15 an hour by 2020. After serious concerns from business owners, the council took a vote to delay the measure, and Tuesday they could kill it once and for all. News4's Chris Lawrence has more. (Published Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018)

    A majority of D.C.'s lawmakers again voted to repeal a voter-approved ballot measure that would increase the minimum wage for tipped workers in the District. 

    D.C. Council members voted 8 to 5 Tuesday to overturn Initiative 77. They voted in the first of two votes earlier this month. The matter now goes to Mayor Muriel Bowser, who is expected to agree with the Council majority. 

    Earlier this month, Chairman Phil Mendelson sided with groups of servers that have vocally opposed the bill.

    "We don't pass minimum wage bills knowing that it will hurt people," Mendelson said.

    DC Council Moves to Repeal Law to Raise Tipped Worker Wages

    [DC] DC Council Moves to Repeal Law to Raise Tipped Worker Wages

    Tipped workers won't be getting a planned raise this month after D.C. Council approved emergency legislation to stave off Initiative 77. That bill would have increased the minimum wage for tipped workers in the District, but opponents say it will hurt restaurant owners and decrease workers' tips. Things were heated at a meeting where eight council members voted to repeal the law entirely. News4's Mark Segraves reports.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018)

    Council member Trayon White then stood up for what D.C. residents chose. 

    "We cannot reject the will of the voters," he said.

    Opponents say the initiative will hurt restaurant owners and decrease workers' tips. Supporters claim the law protects against discrimination and harassment while possibly bolstering paychecks.

    D.C. voters passed Initiative 77 in June. The measure requires restaurants to annually raise the minimum wages of tipped employees by $1.50 until 2025, when the rate is set to match the $15 minimum wage for non-tipped employees. Servers, bartenders, salon workers and parking attendants, among others, could still receive tips. 

    The District has hiked its minimum wage since 2014, and it will continue to rise to $15 by 2020. The minimum wage in D.C. is currently $13.25, but tipped employees are exempt and paid just $3.33 hourly. If tipped employees don't earn minimum wage with the addition of their tips, their employers are required to pay the difference.

    Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story. 

    DC Council Hears Heated Debate on Tipping Referendum

    [DC] DC Council Hears Heated Debate on Tipping Referendum

    Hundreds of people filed into the D.C. Council's public hearing Monday on the future of Initiative 77, the ballot measure to raise the minimum wage of tipped workers in the District. Voters overwhelmingly approved the measure this summer, but some in the restaurant industry say it will hurt the wallets of owners and servers alike. Lawmakers are considering overturning the rule. News4's Darcy Spencer reports on the tension between voters and their elected representatives.

    (Published Monday, Sept. 17, 2018)

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