Initiative 82 Back on November Ballot

Speaking of ballot questions, a panel of three District of Columbia appellate judges ruled this week that the measure to eliminate the tip credit in the Nation’s Capitol should remain on the ballot for voters to decide in November. The DC measure is similar to another that was passed by voters in 2018 only to have…

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DC Tip Credit Again Headed to Ballot

It seems to be the issue that just won’t go away, but the District of Columbia Superior Court has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the validity of signatures gathered to certify Initiative 82 for the November ballot. The suit was filed by a local bartender who wants to continue to collect tips rather than be paid…

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ROC Front Targets Tipped Wage

One Fair Wage, the wholly-owned non-profit political arm of the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) that is backed (and financed?) by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is now bringing pressure on company stockholders to eliminate tip credits. Through stockholders, including the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed…

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Tipped Wage Again Heading to Ballot

Proponents of Initiative 82 in the District of Columbia have submitted 34,000 voter signatures – over 8,000 more than required – to place the ballot initiative on the June primary ballot eliminating the tipped wage in the Nation’s Capital and forcing employers to pay the full DC minimum wage beginning in 2027. Currently, the minimum…

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DC Tip Credit Initiative Clear for Ballot

You can chalk up another advocacy victory for One Fair Wage, the advocacy group backed by the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC), as initial approval of the language was granted to The District of Columbia Tip Elimination Act of 2021 (Initiative 82) for placement on the Washington, DC primary ballot in 2022. Notwithstanding approval of the…

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Off-again, On-again, Off-again

Initiative 77, the Washington DC ballot question that raised the minimum wage and eliminated the tipped wage back in June is still in the news – but seemingly not still in play. Recall that voters handily approved the measure by a 56-44% margin earlier this year, but recognizing the negative impact that the mandate would…

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Minimum Wage Ballot Question Updates

On the question of minimum wage increases before the voters, there’s good news and bad news for you this week. First off, in Washington DC, the DC City Council, as expected, has taken its second and final vote officially repealing Initiative 77, passed by the voters back in June. The ballot measure not only mandated…

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DC Council Votes To Repeal Initiative 77

The voters approved it back in June by a margin of 56-44%, but members of the DC City Council have a different view of its cost/benefit. By a vote of 8-5, the council passed the first of 2 votes required to formally repeal the law which is slated to completely eliminate the tipped wage by…

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Initiative 77 Repeal Gets Attention

After the District of Columbia City council advanced an ordinance to repeal Initiative 77, which the tipped wage within the Nation’s Capital, the push-back was fast and furious. The Washington Post last week trumpeted the headline: “D.C. residents seethe as Council moves to overturn voter-approved wage hike” and the story spoke to the strange visual…

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DC Council, Congress Look to Stop Initiative 77

Politics does indeed make strange bedfellows, and the effort to undo the voters’ approval of Initiative 77 in the Nation’s Capital is a prime example. Recall that just three weeks ago by a 56-44% margin, District of Columbia voters approved a ballot question that would eliminate the tip credit by which restaurants pay tipped workers…

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