Supporters Want Mayor Gray to Sign ‘Walmart' Bill

Living wage supporters hope to put pressure on D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray to sign a living wage bill.
A town hall meeting is being held Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church in southeast Washington.

Supporters on D.C. City Council, in the faith community and in unions are all expected to attend.

Last month, the council passed a living wage bill -- known as the Large Retailer Accountability Act (LRAA) -- that requires large retailers to pay wages no lower than $12.50 per hour. This would also include subcontractors working on the premises of the stores.

Large retailers are classified in the bill as those that have stores of at least 75,000 square feet and whose parent companies have sales of more than $1 billion annually.

The city's current minimum wage is $8.25, a dollar higher than the national rate.

Walmart has threatened to stop its plans for three stores in city if it passes.

In the past, Gray has indicated he'll veto the bill, saying areas of the city desperately need jobs and other retailers may balk at building in D.C.


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