Posts Tagged ‘living wage bill’

Workers’ Advocates Win the Minimum-Wage War After Losing a Battle

It's been a roller-coaster year for advocates of a higher minimum wage in the District. In June, the D.C. Council passed the Large Retailer Accountability Act, which would have required stores with more than 75,000 square feet and parent companies that gross at least $1 billion per year to pay a "living wage" of $12.50 an [...]

With Living Wage Bill Dead, Walmart Opens D.C. Hiring Centers

Well that was quick. Two days after the D.C. Council failed to override Mayor Vince Gray's veto of the living wage bill, Walmart just announced that it'll be opening its first two D.C. hiring centers on Monday.
Walmart, the lead opponent of the bill that would have required large retailers to pay a living wage of $12.50 an [...]

Gray Said the Living Wage Bill Would Kill More Than 4,000 Jobs. What Are They?

In Mayor Vince Gray's statement accompanying his veto this morning of the living wage bill, Gray claimed the bill would have killed "more than 4,000 District jobs in just the first few years alone" (emphasis his). Gray attributed this number to Victor Hoskins, his deputy mayor for planning and economic development. But with Walmart threatening to scrap plans [...]

Walmart Spokesman: All Stores Are Back On

Walmart will resume work on all five of its planned stores in the District if the D.C. Council does not override Mayor Vince Gray's veto of the living wage bill, according to a company spokesman.
Walmart threatened in July to scrap three of its planned D.C. stores and reconsider the other three if the Large Retailer Accountability [...]

Did Walmart Kill the Living Wage Bill?

D.C.'s big-box living wage bill is dead, barring a surprising move by the D.C. Council.
Mayor Vince Gray vetoed the Large Retailer Accountability Act this morning, calling it "a woefully inadequate and flawed vehicle for achieving the goal we all share.” The Council can override the veto if nine members vote to do so—which would be unlikely, given that [...]

This Is What Walmart Arm-Twisting Looks Like

According to emails between Walmart and senior officials in the administration of Mayor Vince Gray, the Arkansas retail giant identified one member of the D.C. Council as the swing vote on the living wage bill's passage from committee: At-Large Councilmember David Grosso. Nina Albert, Walmart's director of community affairs, wrote to Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Victor [...]

Emails Reveal Collaboration Between Gray Administration and Walmart on Living Wage Bill

Today is Day 3 of the 10-business-day deadline for Mayor Vince Gray to sign or veto the living wage bill delivered to him by the D.C. Council last Friday. Gray spokesman Pedro Ribeiro says Gray has not yet made up his mind, and that once he does, he'll immediately make his decision known.
But this isn't just the third [...]

At Rally to Sway Mayor on Living Wage, Gray Won’t Be in Attendance

As we continue to wait for the D.C. Council to send its living wage bill to Mayor Vince Gray for his signature or veto, supporters of the bill are stepping up their efforts with a rally tonight aimed at showing the mayor the degree of public support for the legislation.
"This platform allows the Mayor, who was invited [...]

Don’t Hold Your Breath for Bulldozers—or Walmart—at Skyland

The D.C. Historic Preservation Office sent out its regular "raze applications" email yesterday afternoon. But this edition of the email was dominated by addresses on Alabama Avenue SE, Good Hope Road SE, and Naylor Road SE—all part of the long-anticipated Skyland Town Center development.
The city selected a team led by the McLean-based Rappaport Companies to [...]

The Retailer Hostage Effect of Drawn-Out Public Debate

Casual observers of the competition to develop the Walter Reed site would be forgiven for thinking a Wegmans supermarket might come to the site regardless of who wins. In their presentations to the community last month, each of the three teams vying to develop the Upper Georgia Avenue site hinted at a Wegmans there. Forest [...]

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