D.C. minimum wage workers will now earn a dollar more each hour after the District’s minimum wage increased on Saturday.
The pay boost to $12.50 per hour is part of a plan to gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. The move will align the District with a national “Fight for $15” campaign that labor advocates have championed during the last year, DCist reported.
The first pay raise under the 2013 law took effect last year when minimum pay rose to $11.50 per hour, according to DCist. The minimum wage is slated to rise to $13.25 in 2018, $14 in 2019 and $15 in 2020.
Tipped workers also received a pay hike beginning Saturday as their minimum wage was boosted from $2.77 to $3.33 per hour. In 2020, tipped employees will earn $5 per hour, a wage less than the $7.50 an hour that advocates asked for last year, according to DCist.
“What people realize is that good employees are hard to come by,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said at a press conference Friday. “Good, trained employees are even harder to keep, so making sure that we’re paying our folks our fair wage goes a long way.”