Opponents of the measure claim that eliminating the tipped minimum wage would lead to layoffs, closures, and restaurant workers receiving less pay due to a decrease in patron tipping.
But a new EPI Policy Center report finds that the evidence suggests otherwise: In Seattle and San Francisco—two cities that have high minimum wages and no subminimum wage for tipped workers—workers take home more pay than their counterparts in D.C. and restaurants big and small continue to thrive in those cities.
Hundreds were expected to testify yesterday at a DC City Council hearing on repealing Initiative 77.
On today’s labor calendar, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka hosts a panel of union members elected to political office at noon today for a discussion on “Shifting the power—building pro-worker policies from the ground up.” The panel includes Boston mayor Marty Walsh – member of the Laborers -- Dahlia Vertreese, a member of the Operating Engineers who serves as mayor of Hillside, New Jersey, and Ruth Wattenberg, an AFT member who’s on the DC State Board of Education.
Get complete details on our website at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 2001, one week after the September 11 attacks, anthrax spores were mailed by an unknown party to several news media offices and two U.S. senators. Five people exposed to the spores died, including two workers at Washington, D.C.’s postal service Brentwood facility. The workers, Thomas Morris Jr. and Joseph Curseen, died of their exposure within the month.
Today’s labor quote is the slogan of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which launched on September 17, 2011 with an anti-Wall Street march and demonstration that ended up as a 2-month encampment in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park. The event led to protests and movements around the world, with their focus on economic inequality, corruption, greed and the influence on government of monied interests.
The Occupy Wall Street movement, whose slogan was: “We are the 99 percent.”