By Sahid Fawaz
Tipped workers in Washington, DC may soon have reason to celebrate.
“Washington, D.C. residents on Tuesday are voting on a proposal that would more than quadruple the minimum wage for tipped workers, including servers, bartenders and hairstylists, to $15 an hour, matching that of other workers in the U.S. capital.
The measure is the latest effort to raise pay for low-income workers across the United States through the ‘Fight for $15’ campaign, which contends that service-industry workers have been left behind economically in recent years.
Voters in the District of Columbia last year approved a measure to lift the minimum wage to $15 per hour beginning in 2020, up from $12.50 currently – higher than the current minimum wage in any U.S. state.
Last year’s measure raised tipped workers’ minimum pay to $5 from its current $3.33, though employers in the city are already legally required to pay the current $12.50 hourly wage to workers who do not receive enough in tips to reach that rate.