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Subject Report: DC restaurants mum on pay
Date October 27, 2022 9:47 AM
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Report: DC restaurants mum on pay

Prevailing wage expanded in Prince George's

Wes Moore electrifies trades workers

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Report: DC restaurants mum on pay

In 2018, when the DC Council overturned Initiative 77, they included a requirement that all businesses paying the tipped minimum wage report wages and tips to the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES). Four years later, it turns out most of them haven't. That's according to [link removed] Still in the Dark: Tipped Wages in DC, a report released yesterday by DC Jobs with Justice, ROC-DC and the D.C. Just Pay Coalition. Only 11% reported consistently, and nearly two out of every three DC restaurants (65%) never submitted their wages over the course of a year. "What is most disheartening is the lack of reporting by some of DC's biggest names," including the Hamilton, Le Diplomate, and Jose Andres' restaurants, says the report. "If restaurants and other businesses continue to break the law, there is no way to know that tipped workers are actually making the wages they are owed". DC JWJ Executive Director Elizabeth Falcon will discuss the report on the Your Rights At Work radio show (WPFW 89.3FM) today at 1p.


Prevailing wage expanded in Prince George's

A bill expanding the scope of Prince George's County's "prevailing wage" law has unanimously passed. It "will create more middle-class jobs with quality benefits," said Prince George's County Council member Edward Burroughs III (District 8), who introduced the bill. Key parts of the legislation include expanding the County's prevailing wage scope to include rehabbing, resurfacing, pavement milling, routine operations, and mechanical systems service contracts, and requiring best efforts to achieve a target of 25% of new hires on covered public works projects to be local residents. "The passage of this bill will help make Prince George's County a better place to live, work, and raise a family," said Burroughs.


Wes Moore electrifies trades workers

"These are the folks that are actually making stuff happen," said Maryland gubernatorial candidate Wes Moore Wednesday at a union jobsite on the University of Maryland College Park campus. "It is our time to build, it is our time to grow, and I'm thankful to be with our brothers and sisters who actually make it happen," Moore told the [link removed] IBEW Local 26 members gathered around him. They work for [link removed] Freestate Electric, a longtime Local 26 contractor "started by Mike Dugan 40 years ago," Local 26 Business Rep Tom Clark told Union City. "Mike went through our apprenticeship program, started his company and now has nearly 1,000 men and women working all over Maryland, DC and Virginia." When Local 26 member Mauro Gonzalez asked Moore how he'd protect workers and their families, "he told me about his background and what it means to him to help the working class. He definitely seemed like somebody you need as a leader," Gonzalez added. "These days you need somebody that's like a powerhouse, who can stand up for regular Americans."

photo: Moore (right) talks with Mauro Gonzalez; report/photo by Chris Garlock/Union City

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The Gateway Arch, a 630 ft high parabola of stainless steel marking the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial on the waterfront of St. Louis, Missouri is completed after two and one-half years. Although it was predicted 13 lives would be lost in construction, not a single Ironworker died - 1965

David Prosten; photo: workers tightening a bolt to secure the creeper derrick platform on the Gateway Arch. Arthur Wittman Photographic Collection, State Historical Society of Missouri Research Center [link removed] via STLpr.

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