DC Voters Raise Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers


June 19, 2018, 10:00 pm EST

Contact: Chrissy Faessen c: 703.828.7769/chrissy@conwaystrategic.com

DC Voters Raise Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers

Measure will bring economic relief to low-income people in the District, especially women and people of color

WASHINGTON – DC residents today voted in favor of Initiative 77, a measure to increase the minimum wage for tipped workers to match the standard minimum wage in the district. Tipped workers have long been left out of minimum wage requirements, leaving restaurant workers, nail technicians, and others to depend on inconsistent tips and managers’ whims to make ends meet. The vote must be certified by the DC Board of Elections within 10 business days, and then it goes to Congress for review for 30 legislative days before adoption.

“Tipped workers are mostly women and people of color, and for too long have endured both poverty wages and the abuse of managers and customers alike. That’s why our coalition was actively supporting this effort,” said Destiny Lopez, Co-Director of All* Above All and the All* Above All Action Fund. Lopez continued, “Fair wages, decent working conditions, and access to reproductive healthcare, including abortion, all help ensure that women and families can be healthy and live with dignity. Today, DC voters acknowledged that tips alone don’t cut it and corrected a longstanding injustice.”

All* Above All is proud to have partnered with ROC DC and the One Fair Wage DC Campaign in educating voters about the measure.

Women who are tipped workers are four times as likely to live in poverty as the rest of the DC workforce. They are also more vulnerable to sexual harassment from managers and customers alike. In addition, Black tipped workers across the country receive fewer and smaller tips overall.

“Being paid a fair wage can increase opportunities and transform decisions about pregnancy, children, and family. This is particularly salient in DC, where Medicaid insurance is banned by Congress from covering abortion care,” said Lopez. “We urge the DC Council to not overturn the will of the people and not undermine the democratic process.”

In a recent poll conducted by Lake Research Partners, 82 percent of DC voters would be concerned if a Councilmember voted to overturn the will of the voters by overturning Initiative 77.

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About All* Above All

All* Above All unites organizations and individuals, including 130 partner organizations, to build support for lifting bans that deny abortion coverage. Our vision is to restore public insurance coverage so that every woman, however much she makes, can get affordable, safe abortion care when she needs it. Learn more at allaboveall.org and follow our social media at @allaboveall.