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At the April meeting of the DCBOE, it was declared that the campaign submitted more than enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. We needed to collect the signatures of 5% of the registered voters District-wide (about 26,204) and signatures from 5% of registered voters in 5 of the 8 Wards. We ended up submitting 27,026 valid signatures and cross the 5% threshold in Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6. Although we turned our petitions in before the February 22 deadline to be on DC’s June 19 primary ballot, an error in counting the signatures pushed Initiative 82 on to the November 8, 2022 General Election Ballot.
Here’s some news articles about us qualifying for the ballot:
- Washington Post: Effort to raise D.C. tipped minimum wage certified for November ballot
- DCist: D.C. Elections Board Says Tipped-Wage Initiative Can Appear On Ballot, But Later Than Expected
- NBC Washington: Minimum Wage Increase for Tipped DC Workers to Go to a Vote in November
- Washington City Paper: Initiative 82 May Make the November Ballot, But Delays at the D.C. Board of Elections Have Organizers Fuming/
- Axios: D.C. ballot will again ask voters if tipped wage should rise
- GW Hatchet: D.C. residents to vote on $10 tipped minimum wage increase initiative in November
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!
Sometimes it can be hard to explain how the archaic “Tip Credit” works against tipped workers. This graphic visually explains the District of Columbia Tip Credit Elimination Act of 2021.
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!
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.
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.
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.