Initiative 77 Panel Discussion
In Washington DC, many tipped restaurant workers are paid a minimum wage lower than $12.50, the standard hourly minimum wage for non-tipped workers. This is referred to as the "tip credit". If tips do not make up the difference in their hourly wage, employers are required to pay the remainder. In June, DC voters will decide whether to eliminate the tip credit in Washington DC at the ballot by voting on Initiative 77.
As this is an issue that greatly affects restaurant and bar employees, managers, and owners, the DC Craft Bartenders Guild has invited representatives from both sides of the debate to participate in a moderated panel discussion, to be followed by a Q&A session. Members of the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC), the group which helped put Initiative 77 on the ballot, will be present. The Restaurant Workers Association (RWA) opposes the measure, and its representatives will be present as well.
All are welcome to attend.
Mark Segraves of NBC will moderate the discussion. He has been reporting for television, newspaper and radio in the Washington area since 1999, and is well-versed in both sides of the Initiative 77 debate.
Representing the pro-Initiative 77 side:
Thea Bryan, a member leader of ROC, has over 15 years of experience bartending, and raised two children as a single mother while in the restaurant industry. She is working on a Master of Social Work at Salisbury University.
Jessica Wynter Martin has previously worked in California and Washington, DC in front and back of house restaurant positions for ten years. Currently she is on the board of directors for ROC.
Representing the anti-Initiative 77 side:
Ryan Aston has been working in Washington, DC restaurants for thirteen years. He is a full-time bartender in Washington DC, and a co-founding board member of RWA.
Christine Kim is a full-time bartender in Washington, DC. She has worked in multiple front of house positions since she was in high school, and is a former council member of the United States Bartending Guild, DC Chapter.
Doors at 12, panel discussion begins at 12:30.
On Monday Feb 19th we are having a pizza party with @timberpizzaco and @theforeveragos! We are opening at noon and the band starts at 1p! Come rock out to 90s music and delicious personal pizzas from Timber’s traveling wood-fired oven.