#1 Mayor Gray vetoes ‘living wage’ bill aimed at Wal-Mart, setting up decisive council v
09-12-2013, 02:19 PM
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District Mayor Vincent C. Gray vetoed legislation Thursday that would force the city’s largest retailers to pay a super-minimum wage to their workers, ending two months of uncertainty over the controversial bill’s fate and setting up a decisive override vote at the D.C. Council as early as Tuesday.
The debate over the bill, the Large Retailer Accountability Act, has polarized local leaders while garnering national attention and putting focus on the low wages many retail chains pay their workers.
I bet this will tick off some DUers. lol. As much as I could like people to make a better wage, the reality is that it would cut jobs (right or wrong). I do also have concerns about the government stepping in too much. If they step in now, then what about the future?
09-12-2013, 03:54 PM
And, yes, I'm sure that quite a few DUers' heads are exploding over this.
09-12-2013, 04:57 PM
There are so many problems with this kind of intervention in the market that it's a veritable salad bar of trouble. For starters, the whole idea of what's "Large" is subject to revision by future legislation at any time.
09-12-2013, 05:34 PM
09-12-2013, 06:25 PM
09-13-2013, 12:07 AM
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Walmart doesn't care if the NATIONAL minwage is raised... because everyone everywhere has to pay it. But they aren't going to sit still for a local minwage aimed at bigboxes inside DC when anyone in DC who has a car already does his shopping outside the district line ,... except for liquor of course.
09-13-2013, 06:31 AMno less than $12.50 an hour in combined wages and benefits
If the wage law passed Wal Mart would not of started to build the first two of six new stores in DC. This tweet sums it up:
Vincent C. Gray ✔ @mayorvincegray
This bill did not represent a choice between low-wage jobs and better jobs; it represented a choice between jobs and no jobs.
9:14 AM - 12 Sep 2013
It's really not all that difficult for someone to show up at work every day, even at a place like Wal Mart, work hard, apply themselves, and find themselves quickly moving up the ladder into a wage they can deal with. It won't happen over night, but it will happen.
09-13-2013, 04:11 PM
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