Posts Tagged ‘walmart’

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 [...]

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 [...]

Nader to Gray: If Canada Makes Walmart Pay More, So Can We

Today's been a busy day for Ralph Nader in D.C. politics. First the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled on his group's effort to halt plans for redevelopment of the West End Library. (Alas, not in his favor.) Now the former Green Party presidential candidate has also sent a letter to Mayor Vince Gray to better inform him [...]

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, [...]

Six Major Retailers Urge Gray Veto of Living Wage Bill

Executives of six major retailers with stores in D.C. have sent a letter to Mayor Vince Gray urging him to veto the living wage bill passed by the D.C. Council last week. The executives say that the bill's passage forces them to reconsider future plans for expansion in D.C. but stop short of a concrete [...]