Meeting to discuss minimum wage for tipped workers

Bus Boys and Poets tomorrow night at 6:30 Photo: Tips/ AP

WASHINGTON, November 25, 2013 — The Institute for Policy Studies, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United-DC, and Busboys & Poets will be holding a forum discussion on the possibility of raising the tipped minimum wage to mitigate inequality faced by tipped workers in the District.

The meeting will be held at Busboys & Poets, at 1025 5th Street NW tomorrow night at 6:30, and will feature discussion by D.C. restaurant workers, as well as local policy experts. The groups will also be discussing the prospect of giving tipped workers in the city paid sick days.

Since the Washington, D.C. City Council has introduced bills that would raise the tipped minimum wage for workers in the city, all are invited to come and learn more about the issue.

The federal minimum wage for tipped workers is not tied to the regular minimum wage and has not been increased in over 20 years. Tipped workers currently earn a minimum of $2.13 an hour, with a large majority of their daily earnings coming from tips.

After discussion of the topic, there will be discussion of where elected officials in the city stand on the issues this election season. There will also be some talk about how to raise the tipped minimum wage on the national level and the recent public backlash on the issue.

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