Later this month we’ll be going back to Washington, D.C. to lobby for fair wages, worker, women, and immigrant’s rights, and increasing the tipped minimum wage for industry workers. This will be the fourth year we’ve gone to D.C. to counter lobby the National Restaurant Association in solidarity with our friends from around the country in both the ROC and RAISE organizations.
This year, we will have to renew our fight for restaurant workers after making significant progress over the past few years. As your man on the steering committee for RAISE, it’s important to say that even though the 2016 election went a little wonky, four states passed ballot initiatives to increase the minimum wage. Colorado, Arizona, Maine and Washington all increased their state minimum wage to $12 an hour, which will be phased in over the next few years.