Posts Tagged ‘Walmart’

What Happened to the Business Community’s Clout?

What happened to the business lobby?

Orange Lands Grocery Union Endorsement

So far in the mayor's race, Vince Gray has won nearly all of the announced union endorsements. Just today, the construction unions in the D.C. Building Trades Council endorsed his run for re-election. But now Vincent Orange has a union behind him: the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400.
In a press release, Local 400 president Mark Federici calls [...]

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 [...]

Morning Links

After Vince Gray vetoes the living wage bill, Phil Mendelson maneuvers to attempt override on Tuesday. [WAMU, LL, Post]
Here's where Gray got the figure that the bill would kill 4,000 jobs. [Housing Complex]
Evidence that Jeff Thompson funded a shadow campaign for Hillary Clinton could, somehow, help Gray. [Post]
Investigation into Thompson focuses on role of Minyon Moore in Clinton campaign. [Post]
WSJ predicts big things from the Thompson scandal. [...]

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 [...]

Vince Gray Vetoes Large Retailer Accountability Act

Mayor Vince Gray vetoed the Large Retailer Accountability Act (otherwise known as the Walmart bill) today, saying that although the "intentions of its supporters were good," the legislation would " kill economic development" in some parts of the District "for a generation."
In his veto letter to Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, Gray says the bill would kill jobs and hurt [...]

Morning Links

Vince Gray won't talk about the living wage bill. [Times]
Post ed board still wants a veto on the Large Retailer Accountability Act. [Post]
Sequestration in the District, in charts. [Post]
Here's what Howard wants in its hospital deal. [WBJ]
Target could come downtown. [Post]
The D.C. Costco proves popular with car thieves. [WAMU]
Body found in Rock Creek Park was stabbed. [...]

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 [...]