Washington DC - Actor and activist Jane Fonda made a stop at the Wilson Building to meet with the DC City Council to voice her support for initiative 77. DC voters passed initiative 77 in a referendum, increasing tip workers wages from $3.33 per hour to $15.00 per hour by 2025. Prior to her arrival, a handful of demonstrators for the initiative rallied at the steps of the Wilson Building, trying to put pressure on DC governing body to uphold the legislation. Many council members have made statements and started the process of repealing it.
Across the street at Freedom Plaza, a group of demonstrators voiced their opposition to Initiative 77, saying that the voters were misled. Abalon Barnes, a restaurant worker in the district says the passing of initiative 77 will be an unnecessary burden to the small restaurants in the district, which will lead to unprecedented amounts of closure. She says, the mom and pop operators are what make DC restautant scene unique.
Jane Fonda, says "The idea that restaurants will close are all bull". She insists that the DC Council must respect the will of the people by upholding Initiative 77.