The cooks and laborers who built the foundation of our county's culinary traditions have often gone unnoticed throughout history.
A local initiative to raise D.C.’s tipped minimum wage is one of the most contentious issues residents are considering ahead of the District’s primary on June 19. Initiative 77, as it it known, would bump up hourly tipped wages to $15 an hour by 2025. While it’s being touted by supporters as a way to eliminate wage theft by employers taking advantage of disadvantaged workers, it is generating staunch opposition by the local restaurant industry’s most visible and vocal leaders who say businesses will suffer. What do voters want to know? Kojo continues the conversation on Initiative 77 with WAMU’s Ally Schweitzer and an undecided business owner.
- David Local bartender
- Ally Schweitzer Business and Development Reporter, WAMU
- Matt Local Business Owner
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The service industry is divided over a ballot initiative up for vote in June that would phase out the tipped minimum wage by 2025.
Does The Tipped Minimum Wage Help Or Hurt Workers: Listeners Weigh In
In June, Washingtonians will vote on Initiative 77, which, if passed, would phase out the tipped minimum wage and raise it to match the standard one. The upcoming vote is jolting the local service industry, where many workers earn the tipped minimum wage of $3.33 an hour, significantly less than the regular minimum wage of ...
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