DC Council May Repeal Law to Raise Tipped Worker Wages - NBC4 Washington

DC Council May Repeal Law to Raise Tipped Worker Wages



    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)

    The city council in the nation's capital may repeal a law passed this summer that will raise tipped worker wages to match minimum wage by 2026. 

    A Monday hearing on the bill seemed to foretell the legislation's doom, with many speaking out against it. Minimum wage for tipped workers in Washington is $3.89 an hour, while standard minimum wage is $13.25. 

    Initiative 77 supporters say tips aren't allowing those workers to earn minimum wage. Opponents say the law could raise labor costs, leading to higher prices and fewer jobs.

    Seven council members say the repeal is needed protect the city's dining industry. The five other council members suggested a compromise, which may include raising wages over 15 years instead of eight.

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