Initiative 82 Petitions Submitted!

Today the DC Committee to Build a Better Restaurant Industry submitted 7,971 completed petitions to the DC Board of Elections. These petitions will be reviewed over the next 30 days and by Wednesday, April 6, we should know if we qualified for the June 21 primary ballot. A big thank you goes out all the petition circulators who helped us collect the signatures of over 5% of the registered voters in the District of Columbia. We could not have done this without everyone’s help!


All of the Initiative 82 petitions in order from 1 to 7,971
Initiative 82 proposer Ryan O'Leary and Field Director Kris Furnish in front of all the Initiative 82 petitions

Campaign Signs Available for Pickup!

The DC Committee to Build a Better Restaurant Industry has over 2,000 campaign signs ready to put up around DC and we need your help!

Come by the campaign office ( 2448 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, DC 20008 ) to pick up! Give us a call at (202) 733-4640 and let us know you’re on your way!

Attend a Petition Circulator Training!

We will soon adopt the official circulating petition and will have 180 days to collect the names, addresses, and signatures of 5% of the registered voters in 5 of the 8 wards of the District of Columbia (about 26,000 voters). If we are successful, our ballot initiative will make it on the June 2022 primary ballot.

Therefore the Campaign needs to have as many petition circulators trained as possible!  From utilizing COVID-safe best practices to ensuring the DC voter’s name & address are correct, everyone who plans to circulate petitions will need to attend a 90 minute training conducted over Zoom before receiving circulating petitions from the campaign. Even if you have been trained before for previous campaigns, you will need to be trained for this campaign.

 Please click here to register! 

IMPORTANT: At this time, the Campaign is only seeking volunteer petition circulators. If the Campaign transitions to paid petition circulators, volunteers will have the option continuing as volunteers or being hired by the Campaign.

Attend “Building Back Better” (9/21/21)

Register to attend 'Build Back Better'

Join us this Tuesday at 11am on Zoom to hear from featured speakers Tom Pereillo, President of Open Society United States, to announce their investment in the new ballot measure; Celinda Lake, President of Lake Research Partners on their new poll of DC tipped workers; Saru Jayaraman, President of One Fair Wage Action, and DC service workers like Aniyah & I and employers who are behind the new ballot initiative. 

As you know, DC service workers like us have been struggling to end the subminimum wage for tipped workers – currently just a measly $5 .05 an hour – for many years. They succeeded in winning the issue overwhelmingly on the ballot in 2018, only to have the DC Council overturn the will of the people based on opposition from the restaurant industry. 

While DC voters have always supported One Fair Wage, new polling shows that the industry is more than ready for it. New polling by Lake Research Associates will be shown at this event and the results are clear: an overwhelming majority of tipped workers want a full minimum wage with tips on top. Moreover, with the pandemic, thousands of these service workers have demonstrated that they are actually no longer willing to work in the service industry unless they receive a full wage plus tips. As a result, many DC restaurant owners have transitioned to paying a full livable wage with tips on top. 

In this context, One Fair Wage Action and other DC ally groups have resurrected the tipped worker minimum wage ballot measure, which the DC Board of Elections just unanimously passed to petition stage.

Please click here to register to attend!

Share Your Story!

Current and former tipped workers have stories to share about their experience in the restaurant industry. From unruly customers to wage theft to sexual harassment, the DC Committee to Build a Better Restaurant Industry would like share your stories so that voters who have not worked in the industry can better understand what tipped workers go through.

Please click here to submit your story.


Photo from “Washington DC Service Workers’ Experience of Health & Harassment During COVID-19