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DC Initiative 82, The District of Columbia Tip Credit Elimination Act of 2021

Initiative 82, The District of Columbia Tip Credit Elimination Act of 2021Under current law, employers of employees classified as “tipped workers” may take a credit against tipped wages received by workers to satisfy the minimum wage guaranteed to all workers by law. If enacted, the Initiative would gradually eliminate the credit, such that the mandatory base wage (currently $5.05 per hour, indexed to inflation) paid by employers shall increase until 2027, when the mandatory base wage matches the minimum wage established by District of Columbia law (currently $15.20 per hour, indexed to inflation). Tips continue as property of employees and will be in addition to the statutory minimum hourly wage. Source: DC Board of Elections https://www.dcboe.org/Ballot-Measures/Current-MeasuresIniciativa 82, Ley de Eliminacion del Credito por Propinas del Distrito de Columbia de 2021Segun la ley actual, los patrones de empleados clasificados como trabajadores que reciben propinas pueden tomar un credito contra los salarios con propinas recibidos por los trabajadores para satisfacer el salario minimo garantizado a todos los trabajadores por ley. La Iniciativa eliminaria gradualment el credito, de modo que el salario base obligatorio (actualmente $5.05 por hora, indexado a la inflacion) que pagan los empleadores aumentara gradualmente hasta 2027, cuando el salario base obligatorio coincida con el salario minimoestablecido por la ley del Distrito de Columbia (actualmente $15.20 por hora, indexado a la inflacion). Las propinas continuan como propiedad de los empleados y seran adicionales al salario minimo legal por hora.

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What a Yes vote means: A YES vote supports incrementally raising the minimum wage paid to tipped employees from its current level ($5.35 per hour) to match D.C.’s standard minimum wage ($16.10 per hour) by 2027.
Those in favor of Initiative 82 say: The measure would standardize pay for all workers, reducing wage theft while making tipping a “genuine gratuity” rather than a mechanism to subsidize worker pay. I82 would not eliminate tipping for tipped workers. The current tipped-credit system gives employers too much power and can result in pay disparities. Top tier tipped workers are already well paid. I82 would benefit lower-paid workers, many of whom are women, black, brown, and immigrants. Many restaurant workers have left and are leaving the industry, citing low wages and tips as their primary reason. The measure would offer a livable wage, keeping and attracting workers. Seven states with strong hospitality sectors have implemented a base wage that is fair for all workers. The organization, "Committee to Build a Better Restaurant Industry" leads the campaign in support of Initiative 82. Support comes from progressive and labor groups and some restaurant workers.
For a good discussion of the Initiative pros and cons, read DCist's article "Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Initiative 82" Copy and paste this link to read the article: https://dcist.com/story/22/10/12/heres-everything-you-need-to-know-about-initiative-82/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=engagingnetworks&utm_campaign=DCIST_DAILY_10_12_2022&utm_content=DCist+Daily+10/12/22
What a No vote means: A NO vote opposes incrementally raising the minimum wage paid to tipped employees from its current level ($5.35 per hour) to match D.C.’s standard minimum wage ($16.10 per hour) by 2027.
Those opposed to Initiative 82 say: It would further damage D.C.’s dining industry, already struggling from rising inflation and skyrocketing rents, and recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. It would threaten the vibrancy of D.C.’s unique dining scene. It would deal a death blow to vulnerable small operators. It would lead to higher menu prices and costs. Eliminating the tipped-credit system would discourage patrons from tipping, shrink tips for workers, and reduce take-home pay. On average, D.C. tipped employees make $26 per hour.

The organization "No on I82" registered to oppose the initiative. Opponents include national and D.C. metro restaurant associations, some restaurants, restaurant chains and some workers.
For a good discussion of the Initiative pros and cons, read DCist's article "Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Initiative 82" - Copy and paste this link to read the article: https://dcist.com/story/22/10/12/heres-everything-you-need-to-know-about-initiative-82/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=engagingnetworks&utm_campaign=DCIST_DAILY_10_12_2022&utm_content=DCist+Daily+10/12/22