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1 Iwouldprefernotto  Thu, Jul 11, 2013 7:10:14am

Nice.

2 EiMitch  Thu, Jul 11, 2013 7:11:11am

I’m not so sure about this.

Hold on, I ain’t defending Wal-Fart. Relax.

I just question the wisdom of wage laws specifically targeting big box retailers. This could potentially be challenged in court. I’d much rather this gets fixed by a law with no appearance of “unfairness” for corporate PR lawyers to use against it.

Besides, the dollar has inflated to the point that everyone needs their wages bumped up into the double-digits, not just Wal-Fart employees.

The answer is to simply raise the minimum wage. By alot.

3 Vicious Babushka  Thu, Jul 11, 2013 7:14:16am

re: #2 EiMitch

I’m not so sure about this.

Hold on, I ain’t defending Wal-Fart. Relax.

I just question the wisdom of wage laws specifically targeting big box retailers. This could potentially be challenged in court. I’d much rather this gets fixed by a law with no appearance of “unfairness” for corporate PR lawyers to use against it.

Besides, the dollar has inflated to the point that everyone needs their wages bumped up into the double-digits, not just Wal-Fart employees.

The answer is to simply raise the minimum wage. By alot.

Targeting the big-boxes forestalls the usual complain that minimum wage laws unfairly burden “Mom & Pop” small business. Walmart, Target, etc. are clearly not little “Mom & Pops” and can totally afford to pay their workers more, they just don’t want to because their business model is based on a disposable bottom layer.

4 Romantic Heretic  Thu, Jul 11, 2013 8:04:16am

Slavery has been the most successful economic method in history.

At least if you’re at the top of the heap.

5 Eclectic Cyborg  Thu, Jul 11, 2013 9:51:17am

Can’t the mayor still veto this?

6 EiMitch  Thu, Jul 11, 2013 9:57:51am

re: #3 Vicious Babushka

Targeting the big-boxes forestalls the usual complain that minimum wage laws unfairly burden “Mom & Pop” small business.

Two things:

1 - This tactic has been tried before elsewhere in America and defeated. The arguments for getting this struck down have been formulated years ago. DC simply traded one mega-corporate bs spin for another.

2 - It would’ve been more effective to point out that most small business owners are in favor of increasing the minimum wage. Why? I dunno, something about most small businesses already paying above the minimum wage anyway.

TL:DR - Demolishing a bs argument with facts is alot more clever and effective than trying to dance around the subject. But try explaining that to DC politicians.


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