If D.C.’s ‘Living Wage’ Veto Comes, Wal-Mart Stays

If D.C.’s ‘Living Wage’ Veto Comes, Wal-Mart Stays

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By Barrington Salmon

Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) is in the hot seat.

He has the unenviable task of deciding whether to veto a D.C. Council bill that would set $12.50 as a living wage for employees of large retail companies.

On July 9, the council voted 8-5 for the measure, called the Large Retailer Accountability Act (LRAA). It would require businesses that make more than $1 billion annually or which operate in spaces 75,000-square-feet or larger, to pay their employees $12.50 an hour.

That vote drew the ire of Wal-Mart officials who have accused councilmembers of operating in bad faith. Prior to the vote, one senior official threatened to abandon the six stores the company proposed to bring to the city unless Gray vetoes the bill.  READ ENTIRE PIECE

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