Labor Group Pressures Tommy Wells for Override Vote
The Large Retailer Accountability Act looks headed for defeat at Tuesday's vote to override Mayor Vince Gray's veto. But one labor group thinks they've found their ninth vote in Ward 6 Councilmember and mayoral hopeful Tommy Wells.
The group chose to pressure Wells instead of the other four councilmembers who oppose the bill because of his support for a living wage. "It's just such cognitive dissonance for him to be against this bill," says Erica Smiley, Jobs With Justice's campaigns director. "It's just common sense that we would target him."
Unfortunately for Jobs With Justice, Wells isn't changing his mind. To test the campaign's efficacy, LL showed Wells the above graphic and asked him if he had been persuaded to change his vote. "Oh, no," Wells replied.
Instead, he's planning a press conference on Monday in support of his own living wage bill.
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