Walmart to DC: We'll Jump Ship Over 'Living Wage'
Mayor says ultimatum may make him veto bill
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 10, 2013 11:37 AM CDT
In this May 9, 2013 photo, a worker pushes shopping carts in front of a Walmart store in La Habra, Calif.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

(Newser) – Walmart officials and lobbyists made their presence felt in Washington yesterday, telling DC lawmakers that they'd pull the plug on at least three planned stores in the city if it went through with plans to pass a drastic (but conditional) minimum wage hike, the Washington Post reports. The bill, which is to be voted on today, would require non-union retailers with corporate sales of at least $1 billion to pay their workers at least $12.50 an hour.

The bill seems aimed squarely at Walmart, though it would apply to a few other retailers in the city too, including Home Depot, Costco, and Macy's. Walmart is planning to open six stores in DC, employing as many as 1,800, and the hardball tactic may be effective. Mayor Vincent Gray called the threat "immensely discouraging" and said it may make him veto the bill.

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Tristan
Jul 11, 2013 5:55 PM CDT
Typical Republican scum response by Walmart. Republicans would be much happier if they owned slaves. Of course they would complain about having to feed and shelter them. You don't even get that if you don't make a living wage.
RC_Reader
Jul 11, 2013 12:51 PM CDT
Hey walmart, "JUMP!!!"
ChuChu
Jul 11, 2013 11:53 AM CDT
Good. Take a hike you China first Americans last crap pile of a pathetic excuse for an American business. Walmart is a disease. This may be the cure. Bye, bye you scumbags. Take it somewhere else and good riddence. Americans need to stop crawling on their bellies and acting like scared little wimps and demand more from "American" companies. Screw China...I mean Walmart.