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June 20, 2018 / Kendra Allen, Editor

DC votes to raise wages for tipped workers

WORKFORCE | Yesterday, DC residents voted yes on Initiative 77, which eliminates the tipped wage and requires employers to pay their employees the minimum wage. The measure will now go to Congress for a 30-day review before it becomes law. (WAMU, 6/19)

“I was a server for many, many years. So having experienced both sexual harassment and the complicated nature of working in the restaurant industry, it just felt incredibly important that we do our best in terms of policy to make sure that people who are working at the less fancy, less expensive restaurants really have an opportunity to raise their standard of living,” said Sylvia Fabela, who voted for the initiative on Tuesday morning in Ward 3.

Currently, workers at restaurants and nail salons are paid $3.33 an hour and are allowed to collect tips on top of that. If those tips don’t raise their pay to the prevailing minimum wage, now $12.50, their employer has to make up the difference. Under Initiative 77, the tipped wage will be incrementally phased out through 2026, after which employers will have to pay all their employers the minimum wage directly, which by then will be more than $15 an hour.

AGING | A planned facility for LGBTQIA seniors, Mary’s House for Older Adults, has been awarded $1.19 million in funding from the District. The founder is hoping to raise $4.4 million for the project. (Washington Blade, 6/18)

HUMAN RIGHTS | Both Maryland and Virginia’s governors have pulled National Guard soldiers from the border and are refusing to deploy state resources to the border until the administration’s policy of family separations ends. (WaPo, 6/20)

CSR | Applications for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s 2018 Corporate Citizenship Awards are due on June 29. Don’t miss this opportunity for your company to be recognized for the great work its doing in the community! (U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, 6/20)

POVERTYBen Carson’s plan to raise rent for poorest Americans would have ‘severe’ impact on District, experts say (WaPo, 6/19)

ENVIRONMENT | Recycling has increased in Maryland, but many residents are still unclear about what belongs in the recycling bin. Maryland officials say this confusion is costing the state and taxpayers money. (Baltimore Sun, 6/20)

Now that DCist is back, so is the “Overheard” column. Read last week’s observations here.

– Kendra

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