On November 8, 2022, DC Voters passed the "District of Columbia Tip Credit Elimination Act of 2021" aka Initiative 82, by a very large margin. Starting in the Spring of 2023, DC's subminimum tipped wage (currently $5.35 per hour) will graudally increase a few dollars each year and by 2027 Initiative 82 will ensure all tipped workers receive DC's full minimum wage of at least $16.10 plus tips on top!

Washington Post Opinion: End the tipped wage to help back-of-house staff

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Today the Washington Post published a guest opinion piece by Tim Linaberry. Here’s a quote:

As a result, front-of-house workers typically have much higher incomes than those of workers in equivalent back-of-house positions, though wages are wildly variable. The average hourly pay difference between the front and back is nearly 2 to 1 in some restaurants. This disparity hardly seems fair and is part of the reason Initiative 82 needs to be passed.

Click here to read the entire article.

Join us for a “Dough Raiser for Initiative 82” 5-8pm, Thursday, July 28

Join us for a Dough Raiser for Initiative 82!

You are invited to our Dough Raiser for Initiative 82! From 5pm to 8pm on Thursday, July 28, Initiative 82 Proposer Ryan O’Leary is going to make drinks, while the campaign’s treasurer, Adam Eidinger, will make delicious pizzas. We’re calling it a Dough Raiser because we hope to raise some big dough to help pay our legal bills and purchase new signs to put up around DC. Yeasty puns aside, the opposition’s lawsuit is a serious matter and they are forcing us to spend more money on legal bills instead of educating voters on why the tip credit needs to be eliminated.

While we have advance tickets available, we urge everyone to donate as much as they feel comfortable contributing. If you are on Facebook, please do us a favor and invite 10 of your friends! SEE YOU THERE!

We Qualified for November’s General Election Ballot!

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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: