The D.C. Council on Tuesday approved a $15-an-hour minimum wage bill.
Mayor Muriel Bowser has promised to sign the measure, which will raise the wage by 2020. In a ceremonial news conference, the mayor and council announced they have come to an agreement on a $15 wage. The council formally voted on the bill Tuesday afternoon.
Minimum wage workers in the District currently make $10.50. That rate will increase to $11.50 in July under legislation signed in 2014 by Bowser’s predecessor, Vincent Gray.
“In addition we’ll have a tipped minimum wage that will increase to $5 in 2020. And thereafter, it will increase in pursuant to the Consumer Price Index,” said at-large Council member Vincent Orange before the vote.
The debate over whether to raise the wage further centered around guaranteed compensation for workers who rely on tips. Orange told the council before offering an amendment to address tipped workers’ concerns, there have been lengthy discussion over the tipped wage between council members, the mayor, workers and business owners.