Washington Mayor Cedes To Walmart, Vetoes Living Wage Bill

Washington D.C.'s mayor called the bill a 'job killer.'

Wal-MartWASHINGTON (AP) - Washington's mayor has vetoed a bill that would force Walmart and other large retailers to pay their employees a "living wage" of at least $12.50 an hour.

Mayor Vincent Gray says in a statement that the legislation is "not a true living-wage bill." The Democratic mayor also calls it a "job killer," saying large retailers would avoid opening stores in the District of Columbia if it became law.

Walmart had said it would not build three of six planned stores if the bill became law. The D.C. Council approved it in July on an 8-5 vote, which is one short of a veto-proof majority.

The bill would only affect retailers with stores of 75,000 square feet or larger, at least $1 billion in annual sales and non-unionized workforces.

From AOL Jobs Staff:
Also on Thursday, Bloomberg News published an investigative report, revealing how the Walton family, America's richest family and the founders of Walmart, maintains its $100 billion fortune by deftly exploiting legal loopholes. OUR Walmart, the organizer of protests against Walmart, has been pushing for a raise to $15 an hour. It released a statement referencing to the Bloomberg report:

"Walmart and the Waltons are getting rich while those of us that work to keep the doors open are struggling and being retaliated against for speaking out," said Cindy Murray, a 13-year Walmart associate from MD who makes $12.40 an hour. "DC City Council members and elected leaders across the country are standing up to Walmart and demanding the company improve jobs to help strengthen our economy."

Last week, 100 Walmart workers and activists were arrested as part of a wave of protests against the retail giant, according to OUR Walmart.

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What doesn't seem right to me is that Walmart can take all of a person's employable hours, and pay them such a low wage that many of them still qualify for government assistance, in the form of food stamps, tax credits, and other assistance. Shouldn't a company, which profits from employee's time, pay them enough to live a decent life, without the government having to step in? Why should we, the tax payers of this country, make up the difference? I would vote for a law that requires employers to pay their employees enough for them to live an adequate life. If a company can't do that, then they aren't a viable business. In a very real way, it is the taxpayers of this country who are making the Walton's rich.

November 05 2013 at 9:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm just guessing here, but I think WM just made a big contribution to the mayor's re-election fund.

October 20 2013 at 2:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was offerred a Job as a Lead Baker at Walmart,but had to turn down offer,its was for 8.40 hour,but as I was to sign employement paper it was reduced to 8.20 an hour stating 8.40 that wqs being offerred was only if /when I was offerred fulltime after 90 days.I have over 30 years experience so even though I am still out of work I refused to go work for a cheap -ass company such as Walmart.I also do not shop there anymore as my protest,Walmart can afford to pay more,but they wont.

October 19 2013 at 5:33 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Teila K. Day

The general public can afford to pay more by shopping at the mall, or office supply stores, etc., but they don't either- people shop at Walmart. So don't expect a corporation to do what you don't do yourself... even if you do, the general public at large doesn't pay tax on online, looks for the best deals even though they CAN afford to pay more. Look, don't spew such crockery about corporations not paying a "living wage" when that's not what corporations are in business to do. If you want a "living wage", then bust your ass like Mr. Walton did and create something of your own. Spend countless nights and hours pouring over spreadsheets and code creating something that will generate your own wealth... If you can't do something like that, or aren't willing to do something like that, then that's your own fault. It's not Walmart's job to carry you. It's not corporate America's job to carry you. That's your job.

People thinking that it's corporate America's responsibility to help them maintain a certain lifestyle have another think (not thing) coming! A corporation is incorporated in the name of profit, not the furtherance of your livelihood because you (not you personally) didn't make the right choices out of high school and failed to get an education in something that allows you to live better than paycheck to paycheck.

Did anyone stop you from becoming an engineer, physician, pharmacist, physicist, toxicologist, dentist, optometrist, anesthetist, etc.. Nooooo, no one did. So tell me, why didn't you (in the 30 years of baking) plan for the future and get an education in something that is considered not only viable, but something that pays more than chicken feed?

Rhetorically yours...

October 19 2013 at 10:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Teila K. Day's comment

If everyone was an engineer, Dr, pharmacist,,, etc, who would bake your bread, pick up your garbage, wait on your table at a restaurant, mow your lawn?
If corporate America would care more for it's employees, yes those employees that actually bring in the money and create profits, I would imagine that corporate profits would increase. A happy employee is a productive employee.
You don't see 'happy employees' stricking, protesting, creating bad press for their corporation.

October 20 2013 at 2:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down

sounds like the mayer figured 600 jobs at $8.00 an hr beat ZERO jobs at $12.50 an hr

October 19 2013 at 4:13 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

The mayor is a coward, bowing down to the retail giant. No guts !!!!

October 19 2013 at 2:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

vote his ass out of offiace, i bet he makes more than 12.50 an hour

October 19 2013 at 12:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Teila K. Day

He probably has a better resume' than people who make less than 12.5 per hr... The mayor isn't the problem. People making ratty choices in their life is the primary problem; then they want to blame Walmart, et al., for not compensating them for their lack of forethought in planning out their lives.

So typical.

October 19 2013 at 10:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sounds like WalMart has the mayor of D.C. in their pocket.

October 19 2013 at 11:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

A democratic mayor that has common sense? Who would have thunk it?

October 19 2013 at 11:29 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Now the Mayor should be fired. Keep DC Wal Mart Free

October 19 2013 at 9:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The rich get richer by treadig on the rights of others.Wallmart will NOT CONTINUE TO PROSPER FOR IT'S POLICIES ARE DEPLORABLE.GOD DOESN'T LIKE ugly OR care too much for pretty.The day for deliverance is nigh.

October 12 2013 at 2:06 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to fiftyninedandre's comment

GOD has been pretty good to them so far

October 19 2013 at 4:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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