Posts Tagged ‘living wage’

Applications Pour In for D.C. Walmart Jobs

Less than a week after the D.C. Council failed to override Mayor Vince Gray's veto of the controversial living wage bill, Walmart opened its first two hiring centers for the stores it plans to open in the District. And thousands of applications came pouring in.
According to the company, more than 3,000 people applied for D.C. Walmart jobs on Sept. [...]

Is the Living Wage Bill’s Union Opt-Out a Distraction?

Earlier this week, Walmart spokesman Steven Restivo sent out one of his regular press email blasts on a familiar topic: what he perceives as the unfair exemption from the controversial living-wage bill for unionized Walmart competitors like the Safeway and Giant supermarket chains. His email begins with an excerpt from a recent Los Angeles Times [...]

Clergy Urge Gray to Sign Living Wage Bill

Walmart has been stepping up its public relations game as it tries to persuade Mayor Vince Gray to veto the controversial living wage bill passed by the D.C. Council last week, supplementing its regular press releases with a petition and an ever-so-slightly leading poll on the issue.
But now, the clergy are striking back. This morning, [...]

Is the Living Wage Bill Hypocritical? Check Your Math.

Political consultant and NBC Washington contributor Chuck Thies got a lot of attention this morning for a column he wrote under the provocative headline "D.C. Government Doesn't Pay a 'Living Wage.'" "Hypocrisy alert," he sassed. "District government pays less than $12.50 per hour." Before the city forces large retailers to pay a living wage under [...]

Living Wage Bill Clears Committee, Heads for Full Council Vote

A controversial bill to require large retailers in the District to pay a "living wage" sailed through a key D.C. Council committee vote this morning, setting up a vote in the full Council.
The Large Retailer Accountability Act was introduced in January by Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and received a contentious hearing in March, with members [...]

Orange Makes One Fix to Living Wage Bill, But Problems Remain

At a D.C. Council hearing in March, one of the principal objections to proposed legislation that would require certain retailers—those that bring in at least $1 billion a year and have a D.C. store of more than 75,000 square feet—to pay a "living wage" was the unfairness of the size requirement. Why, witnesses asked, should Walmart [...]

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