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DC waiters opposing union in fight against $15 minimum wage for them

Minimum wage legislation rarely helps the people it supposedly targets for raises. It does help labor unions that have contracts specifying hourly wage rates that are a certain amount higher than minimum wage. Rarely are the people harmed by minimum wages able to fight back. Bill McMorris reports in the Free Beacon on a rare instance of backlash against the exploitation workers face from union bosses.

In October the D.C. City Council voted 8-5 to overturn a ballot initiative that would have forced a $15 hourly wage upon tipped workers despite outcry from the waiters it was supposed to help. Labor activists from the Restaurant Opportunities Center, a worker center launched by the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union, and other groups are trying to gather nearly 25,000 signatures to force the Democratically controlled council to adopt a minimum wage of $15 for all workers. Their effort has received significant pushback from local workers.

Big Al, a bartender in Washington, D.C., said he was relieved when the City Council reneged on Ballot Initiative 77, which passed 56-44. D.C. adopted a $15 minimum wage in 2016, but granted exemptions to workers receiving tips.  The new rules prescribed hourly minimums of $5 an hour by 2020 […]

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