Posts Tagged ‘large retailer accountability act’

Loose Lips Quotes of 2013: Graylan Hagler

"Little bitty cracker corporation from Arkansas" – Rev. Graylan Hagler, Aug. 27.
By late August, supporters of the Large Retailer Accountability Act were getting desperate. Vince Gray already appeared to be leaning toward vetoing the bill mandating a $12.50 hourly wage at certain big boxes stores (read: Walmart). More surprisingly, no councilmembers who initially opposed the bill looked ready [...]

D.C. Council Fails to Override Veto of Living-Wage Bill

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson's attempt to win one more vote to override Mayor Vince Gray's veto of the Large Retailer Accountability Act looked doomed only a few minutes into At-Large Councilmember David Catania's speech. Even though he began by talking about his mother's union card, Catania eventually announced that he would vote against the bill.
If Catania [...]

Naderites Pressure Tommy Wells on Living Wage

Would-be mayor Tommy Wells can't catch a break on the living wage bill. Four other members of the D.C. Council voted with him against the Large Retailer Accountability Bill, but labor groups can't resist pressuring him specifically. Now, judging by the above poster LL spotted in Eastern Market over the weekend, activists affiliated with neighborhood gadfly Ralph Nader are joining the [...]

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.
Labor coalition Jobs With Justice is urging supporters to contact Wells, who they're describing as "the lone swing vote" on [...]

Phil Mendelson’s Long Road to a Veto Override

Mayor Vince Gray's veto of the Large Retailer Accountability Act today means the next step of the saga over the Walmart bill belongs to Phil Mendelson. The chairman needs a two-thirds vote of the D.C. Council to override the mayor's veto, which he's put on the agenda for Tuesday's meeting.
Eight members have already voted for the bill, which [...]

Mayor Holds Conveniently Timed Press Conference

Mayor Vince Gray held a press conference this morning on sequestration's impact on the District's employment numbers. That's just in time for his potential veto of the Walmart-centric Large Retailer Accountability Act, which opponents say will eliminate D.C. jobs. But don't read anything in to that.
"I hadn't even thought about it that way," Gray said of [...]

Vince Gray Finally Has the Living Wage Bill

Fifty-one days after the D.C. Council passed the Large Retailer Accountability Act—otherwise known as the Walmart living wage bill—Council ChairmanPhil Mendelson has sent the bill to Mayor Vince Grayfor his signature.
Gray received the bill around 3:20 p.m., according to mayoral spokesman Pedro Ribeiro.
With that wait over, another one can start. The mayor has 10 business days [...]

Gray Accuses Mendelson of Sitting on Living Wage Bill

It's been 21 days since the D.C. Council passed the Large Retailer Accountability Act, but Mayor Vince Gray still hasn't received the bill. Until he gets it, the countdown of how long he has to veto it remains stuck at 10 business days. How hard is it to transfer a bill between two people who [...]

Anonymous Flyer Maker No Fan of Bowser, Wells

LL noticed these flyers, which initiate Large Retailer Accountability Act opponents Muriel Bowser and Tommy Wells into the "Poverty Wage Coalition," all over the city yesterday.
"Muriel Bowser and Tommy Wells recently voted to bring poverty-wage jobs to D.C.," the flyer declares. Readers are asked to call the D.C. Council's main number and let Bowser and Wells—not coincidentally, both candidates for mayor—that "we expect [...]

Tommy Wells Proposes His Own Living Wage Bill

When the Large Retailer Accountability Act passed the D.C. Council last week with eight votes, LL was surprised that Tommy Wells wasn't one of them.
Here's one reason the Ward 6 councilmember might have held back: he has a living wage bill of his own. Wells announced this afternoon that he's planning to introduce his "Living [...]