Initiative 77 Pros, Cons Face D.C. Council

Passed in June, Initiative # 77 was protested by opponents at the District Building in July. Photo by Patrick G. Ryan.

Today is the day! Monday, Sept 17, the proponents and opponents of Initiative #77 — the so-called Fair Wage Act — face off in front of Washington DC’s city council who will decide whether to uphold or to rescind the proposal which was passed by less than 10 percent of the electorate in the primary election on June 9.

Lined up to uphold the vote is the One Fair Wage D.C. coalition backed up by documents and reports from the Economic Policy Institute, D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute and Public Citizen organizations.

To support the overturning of the proposal vote are more than 100 tipped employees in D.C., “united to fight against Initiative 77,” backed up by a “Save Our Tips” coalition petition signed by 3,121 restaurant workers who oppose the initiative.

The hearing is expected to last well into the evening.

Click here to read more about the initiative from an earlier Georgetowner story.


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