Incumbent D.C. At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman and challenger Dionne Reeder are both minimizing the role of Mayor Muriel Bowser in the upcoming election.
D.C. voters could be weighing in on Initiative 77 again at the ballot box if some supporters of the measure are successful in garnering signatures of support for the referendum.
The initiative approved by voters in June would have raised minimum base pay for tipped workers to standard minimum wage over a period of time.
“I feel like our vote doesn’t count and our voices aren’t being heard,” said Richard Jones Jr., a 38-year-old physician who lives in Southeast and voted for Initiative 77.
Initiative 77, which eliminated the separate minimum wage for tipped workers in the District, was overturned Tuesday by a vote of the D.C. Council.
Even though D.C. voters approved of raising the minimum wage for tipped workers, city lawmakers vehemently expressed intentions to overturn the measure.
Those in favor and opposed to a $15 an hour minimum for tipped employees in the District are making their points known to the D.C. Council.
Last week, a majority of the D.C. Council unveiled legislation to overturn the measure passed by voters last month, which would directly affect the paychecks of tipped workers, such as food servers and bartenders.
The D.C. Council could be poised to overturn Initiative 77, a contentious measure approve by voters in the June primary which would mandate employers to pay the standard minimum wage to employees who rely on tips to supplement their pay.
A bill to repeal the measure is being discussed and could be introduced during a D.C. Council meeting on Tuesday, according to a spokesperson for Chairman Phil Mendelson.
Supporters of initiative 77 stood on the steps of the Wilson Building in D.C., celebrating the passage of the controversial bill that will raise the minimum wage for tipped employees in the hospitality industry from $3.33 to $15.00 an hour by 2025.
Voters have approved Initiative 77, the contentious ballot measure to increase the minimum wage for tipped workers, in D.C.’s primary Tuesday.
Initiative 77 would eliminate the “tipped minimum wage” — the two-tiered system under which restaurant and bar owners pay servers, bartenders and bussers a lower hourly wage with the expectation that they will be compensated with tips from customers.
Some tipped workers say raising their minimum wage would provide security in an anxiety-producing profession; others say it would amount to a pay cut for them. The D.C. primary is June 19.
D.C. voters will decide in June whether restaurants must pay minimum wage to servers who currently are paid a base wage of $3.33 plus tips.
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