The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Washington, D.C. Restaurant Workers Underpaid

Oct 12, 2020

Dozens of workers protested outside a downtown Washington, D.C. restaurant on September 30. They renewed a long-standing demand to end the so-called tipped minimum wage. Currently, wait staff in D.C. and many other places only receive a fraction of the minimum wage—around one third, which in D.C. is five dollars an hour now. If their tips don’t make up the difference between that and the full minimum wage, the restaurant is obligated to pay them the difference. But of course this doesn’t always happen, and many restaurant workers end up getting far less. In 2018 city residents voted to end the tipped minimum wage, but the city council repealed their decision.

Restaurant workers going hungry—another outrage of capitalist society, wholly supported by local politicians!