$15 Minimum Wage, Raise for Tipped Workers

The Fairness Project worked with D.C. for $15 on a ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for 127,000 workers. This initiative was withdrawn when, on June 27, 2016, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser signed legislation to gradually raise the minimum wage from $10.50 an hour in 2016 to $15/hour for regular hourly workers and $2.77 an hour to $5/hour for tipped workers on July 1, 2020. After 2020 the wages will be adjusted annually to keep pace with the cost of living. The mayor cited the DC For $15 ballot initiative as the driving force behind the law.