Housing Complex

Mendelson Pushing Walmart Control Bill (Again)

UPDATE: here.

There's an avalanche of legislation being introduced in the Council today, so we'll take the important stuff one at a time, starting with a bill that would require all retailers larger than 75,000 square feet that do more than $1 billion in sales every year to sign a community benefits agreement including living wages and employee benefits.

It's obviously aimed at the four announced Walmart stores, all of which are 80,000 square feet or larger, and over which the Council has little other means of control. And it's also basically the same bill that Councilmember Phil Mendelson tried back in 2006, which died as several big box stores entered the market. Again, this latest attempt raises the question: What about new branches of existing chains, like Giant? Will some of their stores need to pay a living wage–defined as $12.50 per hour–while others continue to pay $8.25?

I'm looking for the text of the bill, will update as I know more.

  • Rick Mangus

    Mendelson is a union stooge who needs to mind his own business! This is why retailers do not want to come to DC it's because of idiots like meddling Mendelson!

  • Ben

    Thanks for the enlightening commenting, Rick. If he's a "union stooge," then what about the rest of the council members - are they stooges for the developers, or do you have a double-standard?

  • Ben

    *comments, that is

  • Rick Mangus

    'Ben' the only council members who are whores for developers are Graham, aka (The Queen Of All Media) and Stadium Evans!

  • noodlez

    YEAH MENDO!!

    TAX DAT ASS!

    IF THEY WANT TO DO BUSINESS HERE THEN PAY MOFO'S SOME DOUGH THAT WILL MAKE IT SOME WHAT AFFORDABLE FOR THEM TO LIVE A DECENT LIFE.

    FUCK WALMART!!! SAM AND HIS FOLKS POCKETS GETTING FATTER WHILE WE GET PLASTIC AND PETROLEUM POISONED FROM ALL THAT TAINTED SHIT FROM CHINA!!!

    NO TO WALMART IN PETWORTH!

  • Eric

    Rick "Fearmongering" "Namecalling" Mangus better watch what he says. Foot in mouth disease is rampant on these here comment threads.

    Perhaps he should run for public office to get a bit of his own medicine.

  • Bob See

    noodlez, your tainted plastic shit keyboard from china has a stuck caps-lock key.

  • Rick Mangus

    'Eric', you should know, you should know!

  • noodlez

    @Bob See-I KNOW!!! I SEEM TO FIND THAT LOCK CAPS KEY STUCK.

    IT'S A CONSPIRACY. CHINA WANTS US TO TYPE IN ALL CAPS.

    FUCK. I'M PROTESTING.

    NO GENERAL TSO CHICKEN FOR ME FOR A WEEK!

  • Ben

    I'd say most of the council, and our former illustrious mayor, were deep in the pockets of the developers. But I'm glad you recognize that at least some pols are beholden to big developers.

    Kudos to Mendelsohn for introducing this legislation, though I don't think it goes far enough. What we need is an enforceable community benefits agreement! We need to hold corporations with billions of dollars in profits accountable. If they want to do business here, they must behave responsibly and treat their workers with respect.

  • Bob See

    Suddenly we care.

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