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Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 at 7:40 PM
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By Erica Jones

Mayor Gray Vetoes "Walmart Bill"

Mayor Gray Vetoes

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has vetoed a bill that would have required Walmart and other large retailers to pay their employees a "living wage" of at least $12.50 an hour. Read »

Friday, Sep 6, 2013 at 7:46 AM
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By Chuck Thies

Thies: D.C. Council Honcho Blurs MLK Over Walmart

Thies: D.C. Council Honcho Blurs MLK Over Walmart

Phil Mendelson opposed “Emancipation Day" but uses MLK’s teachings to justify anti-Walmart law. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013 at 8:51 PM
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By Mark Segraves
      

Gray: Sequestration Cost D.C. Thousands of Jobs

Many people and jurisdictions feel the impact of sequestration, but Mayor Vincent Gray says the federal budget cuts hit the District harder than any other area, with thousands of jobs lost. Read »

Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 4:09 PM
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By Mila Mimica

Wage Bill Affecting Walmart Goes to D.C. Mayor

Wage Bill Affecting Walmart Goes to D.C. Mayor

A bill requiring Walmart and other large retailers to pay their employees a "living wage" of at least $12.50 an hour has been sent to District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray, about seven weeks after it was... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 at 9:02 PM
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By Tom Sherwood
      

New Walmart Opens in D.C.’s Suburbs

The battle over six planned Walmart stores in the District -- and how much the company pays employees -- heated up again Wednesday. Read »

Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 11:47 AM
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By Tom Sherwood

Walmart Veto Gets a Big Push

Walmart Veto Gets a Big Push

Former Mayor Tony and the influential Federal City Council – made up of some of the region’s biggest business leaders – are urging Mayor Vincent Gray to veto what’s commonly known as the “Walmart bill." Read »

Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 8:06 PM
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By Tom Sherwood
      

Mendelson Seeks Votes to Override Living Wage Veto

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson appears in no hurry to send the controversial big-box minimum wage bill to the mayor. Read »

Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Councilmember Wells Proposes “Living Wage for All DC”

Councilmember Wells Proposes “Living Wage for All DC”

A D.C. councilmember said he'll introduce a bill that would raise the minimum wage for all District of Columbia workers -- not just those who work at Walmart and other big-box retailers. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 3:26 PM
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By Tom Sherwood

Sherwood's Notebook: The Whack-a-Walmart Game

Sherwood's Notebook: The Whack-a-Walmart Game

This is not an original game. We've seen it before in Chicago. Read »

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 2:31 PM
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By Chuck Thies

Thies: D.C. Government Doesn't Pay a "Living Wage"

Thies: D.C. Government Doesn't Pay a

Some full-time government employees make less than what the D.C. Council wants Walmart to pay. Read »

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