Washington D.C. residents approve wage hike for tipped workers

WASHINGTON-Wednesday, June 20, 2018-   According to the reports in Washington, D.C. Tipped workers has become the highest paid worker in the United States. on Tuesday it was also concluded that Workers i.e. servers, bartenders, and hairstylists would be now paid up to $15 an hour by 2026 in the nation’s capital after 55 % of residents approved a ballot question known as Initiative 77, according to unofficial results posted on the website for the district’s board of elections.

Director of Restaurant Opportunities Center of Washington D.C., Diana Ramirez, said after the polls closed “The is a huge victory for tipped workers,” he also added, “The measure was the latest effort to raise pay for low-income workers across the United States through the “Fight for $15” campaign, which contends that service-industry employees have been left behind economically in recent years”.

Last year’s measure raised tipped workers’ minimum pay to $5 from its current $3.33, though employers in the city are already legally required to pay the current $12.50 hourly wage to workers who do not receive enough in tips to reach that rate. The approval of the measure makes Washington D.C.’s tipped workers the highest paid in the country. Tipped workers in Washington state currently earn a minimum of $11.50 per hour and in California a minimum of $10.50.

 

The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, posted on Twitter. “This is not the end. This is the beginning of continued conversations with DC Council”.

by Sawan Kumar on June 20, 2018

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