Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Walmart Will Abandon DC Construction If Living Wage Bill Passes


This would be absolutely fantastic if true:
The world’s largest retailer delivered an ultimatum to District lawmakers Tuesday, telling them less than 24 hours before a decisive vote that at least three planned Wal-Marts will not open in the city if a super-minimum-wage proposal becomes law.

A team of Wal-Mart officials and lobbyists, including a high-level executive from the mega-
retailer’s Arkansas headquarters, walked the halls of the John A. Wilson Building on Tuesday afternoon, delivering the news to D.C. Council members.

The company’s hardball tactics come out of a well-worn playbook that involves successfully using Wal-Mart’s leverage in the form of jobs and low-priced goods to fend off legislation and regulation that could cut into its profits and set precedent in other potential markets. In the Wilson Building, elected officials have found their reliable liberal, pro-union political sentiments in conflict with their desire to bring amenities to underserved neighborhoods.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) called Wal-Mart’s move “immensely discouraging,” indicating that he may consider vetoing the bill while pondering whether to seek reelection.

The D.C. Council bill would require retailers with corporate sales of $1 billion or more and operating in spaces 75,000 square feet or larger to pay their employees no less than $12.50 an hour. The city’s minimum wage is $8.25.
There are three stores currently under construction and three more planned. Normally you'd say this is hardball negotiations and Walmart wouldn't actually abandon these stores, but this company has shown it will do just about anything to avoid treating their workers fairly. Hopefully Walmart isn't bluffing (and mayor Gray doesn't veto) so we can keep them out of DC for good!

2 comments:

  1. Stop living my life! This is my post for tomorrow.

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