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1 EiMitch  Fri, Jul 12, 2013 10:36:56am
Walmart has claimed that the living wage bill, which would require retailers with sales of $1 billion or more and stores of 75,000 square feet or larger to pay workers a minimum of $12.50 an hour, is “arbitrary and discriminatory.”

The showdown between DC and the largest private employer in the country closely mirrors one that took place between it and the city of Chicago in 2006. That city had also proposed a living wage law, but after Walmart threatened to abandon plans to open up stores the mayor vetoed it.

Its like I said the other day. This battle has been fought before. The arguments for getting this law struck down have already been made. DC would’ve been better off raising the minimum wage. I doubt mom&pop stores in DC are doing so bad that they can’t afford it.

2 John Vreeland  Fri, Jul 12, 2013 11:36:49pm

DC is one of the most expensive cities in the country to live in. I should know, I live one block from one of the Wal-Mart stores under construction.

$8.25 an hour (DC minimum wage) will get you $17k a year with no vacations. This is below 30% Average Median Income for one person in the DC area, which is the local poverty limit. It will entitle you to some government handouts, rent assistance, etc. So taxes are subsidizing low wages for the poor.

But on the other hand, those taxes are paid by people who can afford them, and as a result retailers can keep their prices lower, which mostly benefits the poor. I suspect that forcing Wal-Mart to raise their workers’ pay will result in them having to raise their prices as well. But probably not quite as much, and in any event a little inflation in a depressed area is a good thing if it triggers growth.

3 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Jul 14, 2013 6:40:30am

re: #2 John Vreeland

I’d say the wage set by that law should be cut to around the $10 dollar range to keep it competitive. But I’d also remind people that those Wal-Marts built in Chicago were primarily sold as a way to eliminate the problem of those phenomena known as “food deserts”, and in that they are a success. They do offer poor areas access to fresh produce, though whether people buy such items is another question.

4 EiMitch  Sun, Jul 14, 2013 11:38:37am

re: #3 Dark_Falcon

“Fresh” produce at Walmart? Are you sure about that? I laugh at those ads.

The Walmart in my town sells crappy produce. They doesn’t even use refrigerated trucks to bring it in. Why not? Because the idiot running the place says the produce isn’t selling well enough to justify spending a few extra bucks on it. Just don’t expect this f***ing moron to understand why nearly spoiled produce doesn’t sell well.

5 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 8:02:48pm

re: #4 EiMitch

That was not the situation I observed at the small-sized Wal-Mart I’ve visited in Chicago. There the produce did seem to be in proper condition. YMMV


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