Controversial Wal-Mart bill headed to Washington mayor's desk
August 27th, 2013
06:31 PM ET
5 years ago

Controversial Wal-Mart bill headed to Washington mayor's desk

Washington (CNN) - The controversial "living wage" bill that retailer Wal-Mart has said would cause it to stop development projects in the nation's capital will go to District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray for consideration on Friday, a city council official told CNN Tuesday.

If signed, the bill, officially known as the Large Retailer Accountability Act, would require big retailers in the District of Columbia to pay a minimum wage of $12.50 - a 50% hike above the district's current minimum wage.

Wal-Mart has publicly opposed the bill's provisions and a spokesperson told CNN in July that if it were to become law, the company would halt construction on three of the six stores planned for the district.

Once the bill arrives on his desk, Gray will have 10 business days to either veto the bill, sign it into law or send it back to the district council, Denise Tolliver, chief of staff for DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson told CNN.

When asked if the mayor plans to sign the act, Gray spokesman Matt Desjardins would only say he has not yet received the bill.

"The mayor still weighing all options and listening to members of the community," he told CNN.

The DC Council passed the Large Retailer Accountability Act by a vote of 8-5 on July 10th, but it had yet to move for signature. The bill will arrive in the mayor's office along with the district budget, according to Tolliver.

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  1. Gurgyl

    I never buy anything in this looting store. I call flee mart.

    August 27, 2013 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  2. Melissa

    The whole country needs a living wage mandate. Its much better than a minimum wage.

    August 27, 2013 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  3. ghostwriter

    So don't open up shop. Target will and clean up. Not that they are any better.

    August 27, 2013 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  4. Tom

    Could not be scarier. Govt run amok

    August 27, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  5. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    If junk mart is to cheap to pay a living wage, then tell them to hit the road, greedy companies like Walmart , papa johns and ups that don't help their employees don't deserve our business!!!!!

    August 27, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  6. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Walmart should be called junk mart because of all their second rate products they sell!!!

    August 27, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  7. claraquan

    SIGN IT, Wal-Mart is the worst company ever to exist!

    August 27, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  8. HenryMiller

    The DC government has always been one of stunning incompetence, so I won't be surprised if Gray signs it, thereby making it necessary for DC's Walmart shoppers to take the Metro to Virginia or Maryland to save a couple of bucks.

    August 27, 2013 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  9. rs

    If WalMart can give their CEO a big raise, they can afford to pay their workers and offer a health care plan or retirement plan- just like Costco does. I am sure Costco would be willing to tell WalMart how to make it happen.

    August 27, 2013 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  10. Woman In California

    This bill will never pass. Wal-Mart is NOT in the business of promoting pride or opportunity. In fact, they prey off people who are less fortunate and those that cannot comprehend that they're being used and manipulated. This suggestion is a complete waste of time, paper and energy. Unless and until Wal-Mart decides it really wants to get serious, (and that means actually help people), this whole suggestion is at most, laughable.

    August 27, 2013 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  11. Dylan

    I'm fine with Wal-Mart and their Chinese products going away-this opens the door for more local shops to stay in business. And really Wal-Mart-you're frothing over a livable wage? They just can't help themselves trying to screw over their employees-gotta make as big an obscene profit as possible sot he execs can make big bucks while the employees suffer.

    August 27, 2013 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  12. S. B. Stein

    People need to live on the wages they are paid. The problem is that many stores like Wal-Mart don't pay a living wage. There have been many complaints against Wal-Mart for their poor labor practices.

    August 27, 2013 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  13. gwats1957

    Sign the bill, and dare them to leave.... They won't.. they'll go ahead with the stores with 90% part timers. They've got too much invested to pull out... call their bluff!

    August 27, 2013 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    Hope WalMart walks.

    August 27, 2013 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  15. Michael Benjamin

    Good. All Wal-Mart sells is crap made and imported from China. Buying from Wal-Mart guarantees the demise of the American middle class. America, now a debtor nation is incapable of maintaining its dominance in the world.

    August 28, 2013 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  16. ThinkAgain

    Walmart pays its employees $6.25 and hour? Just how is someone supposed to get ahead making 12 grand a year?

    As reported by Reuters in April of this year, Walmart's CEO, Mike Duke, got a 14.1% raise this year, taking his salary a cool $20.7 million.

    And why did the board OK this raise? Members of Walmart's board's audit committee were paid more for the latest year due to extra work they had to take on to handle an ongoing investigation into alleged foreign bribery.

    This kind of anti-worker mentality is precisely why I don't shop at Walmart.

    August 28, 2013 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  17. ThinkAgain

    "Save money." (By paying your employees peanuts.)
    "Live better." (By ripping off your employees.)

    August 28, 2013 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  18. Rebecca

    WalMart advertising: "We lu you, America!"
    America: "Great! It's a deal! Start paying your workers so that they are not a burden to their community!"
    WalMart hysteria: "We gonna throw our cards down an QUIT!"
    So.... QUIT you worthless behemoth.

    August 28, 2013 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  19. Mom and Pop

    Stop construction on three of it's six stores in "the" district"! Lions and Tigers and Bears.....OH NO! Why stop at three Wally? Why not go ahead and stop all six? The district has survived without you for this long and will be better off in the future. Leave the level playing field for the small businesses in the path of Wally's destructive price undercutting. Not to mention I don't think I've ever talked to an hourly associate at Walmart that wasn't at least mildly disgruntled. Maybe concentrate on the existing stores like the one in my town that has cut it's payroll by 30% and mule driving the associates unlucky enough to be retained. It doesn't have enough manpower to even keep the shelves stocked. And quit barking the associate's marching orders over your PA system. They are people not robots. That always turns me off when I hear it. It smacks of demeaning. Then again, it fits perfectly with their management style......... The Wizard of OZ best practices and procedures of intimidation. Sign the bill and put another thousand child slave laborers out of a job in Bangladesh!

    August 28, 2013 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  20. The Great Pontificator

    How about passing the "Large Government Accountability Act"??

    August 28, 2013 04:38 am at 4:38 am |
  21. Ryan

    If Walmart, a company that expands to new areas to expand their business and increase their profits, thinks a higher wage will keep them away, they are stupid. Don't fall for Walmart's bluff. Sign the bill and eventually Walmart will still come, they want the business.

    August 28, 2013 05:08 am at 5:08 am |
  22. ghost

    It should apply to all businesses. Otherewise, it should not become law. I am all for raising the minimum wage, but it should apply to all businesses. CLINTON 2016

    August 28, 2013 05:50 am at 5:50 am |
  23. Gurgyl

    Do not buy mr. China.

    August 28, 2013 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  24. Bigdoglv

    The jobs at Walmart are just what that area needs. You start at the bottom and WORK your way up, just like the rest of us.

    August 28, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  25. smith

    Nobody said you had to shop at wal-mart and nobody said you have to work there. Some folks may like their job or shopping at wal-mart. America is about freedom and that means freedom of choice. As for China, you can thank Bill Clinton for that mess, uh NAFTA.

    August 28, 2013 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
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