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phrozen06 05-14-2013 07:44 AM

Walmart Fighting Bill That Would Grant Living Wage to Employees in D.C.
 
http://dcist.com/2013/03/walmart_fig...t_would_gr.php

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What honeymoon may have existed between Walmart and D.C. officials seems to be over.

The mega-retailer—which is set to open six stores in D.C., the first two later this year—is among a number of opponents to a proposed bill that would force national retailers with stores larger than 75,000 square feet and annual revenues of over $1 billion to pay an hourly living wage of $11.75 and offer benefits, reports the Post.

The bill was introduced by D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson and is backed by 11 of his colleagues. In the text of the legislation, it notes that more and more D.C. residents are taking job with large national retailers and that "by adopting living wage standards for large retailers, the District can ensure that economic development better meets the community's need for family-supporting jobs."

As part of its opposition to the bill, Walmart has played a role in setting up a website and encouraging people to testify against the bill when it is considered by a D.C. Council committee next week, said spokesman Steve

Restivo:
Despite its corporate backing, Restivo said, the group is mobilizing a crowd “representing a variety of age groups, ethnicities and business interests” to oppose the bill. Wal-Mart itself, he said, will submit written testimony opposing the bill and representatives may also testify in person.

“We expect a really strong showing from the community Wednesday” at the hearing, he said. “Actions that seek to block economic development are misguided, especially at a time when unemployment is still in double digits in some place and residents are still spending a billion dollars in the suburbs.”
This isn't the first time such a measure has been considered by the council—similar bills were introduced in 2005, 2007 and 2011, but never went anywhere. The minimum wage in D.C. is $8.25 per hour.

casino is no lie 05-14-2013 07:57 AM

I agree with Walmart.

evolved 05-14-2013 08:33 AM

Minimum wage jobs are not meant to be a "family supporting job."

Lair 05-14-2013 08:35 AM

How dare they? Alice Walton needs another billion.

Lair 05-14-2013 08:35 AM

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Originally Posted by evolved (Post 15421882)
Minimum wage jobs are not meant to be a "family supporting job."


What are they meant to be?

evolved 05-14-2013 08:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Lair (Post 15421888)
What are they meant to be?

Entry level jobs. If you can't afford a kid(s) on minimum wage it is not the job of the employer to give you a raise.

GlockMan 05-14-2013 08:40 AM

It is a proven economic fact that dramatic increases in minimum wages increases unemployment.

Let the market dictate.

JMO.

Lair 05-14-2013 08:41 AM

Who said anything about kids?

Can you support yourself on minimum wage? What happens when predatory business practices eliminate all the jobs that pay a living wage? When the only jobs available are at Walmart, what are your choices?

evolved 05-14-2013 08:42 AM

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Originally Posted by Lair (Post 15421902)
Who said anything about kids?

Can you support yourself on minimum wage? What happens when predatory business practices eliminate all the jobs that pay a living wage? When the only jobs available are at Walmart, what are your choices?

This is Washington D.C., not podunk Mississippi. There are going to be 6 of them across a pretty large region.

bimmerfan08 05-14-2013 10:53 AM

It's safe to say there are some ignorant people in this country that seem to reside in bubbles.

Lair 05-14-2013 11:09 AM

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Originally Posted by corporate whore (Post 15422256)
It's safe to say there are some ignorant people in this country that seem to reside in bubbles.

Agreed.

GlockMan 05-14-2013 11:12 AM

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Originally Posted by Lair (Post 15421902)
Who said anything about kids?

Can you support yourself on minimum wage? What happens when predatory business practices eliminate all the jobs that pay a living wage? When the only jobs available are at Walmart, what are your choices?

Skilled workers will never make minimum wage no matter how high it is.

Unskilled workers lose their jobs to skilled workers when the min wage is too high.

2 skilled workers at $14 per hour is cheaper than 3 unskilled workers at $10 per hour.

Unemployment rises.

Basic economics.

brew 05-14-2013 11:25 AM

The interesting part is that Walmart generally pays higher than market rates for entry level positions. I doubt anyone at the actual retail stores gets paid only minimum wage.

Act of God 05-14-2013 11:34 AM

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Originally Posted by evolved (Post 15421882)
Minimum wage jobs are not meant to be a "family supporting job."

werd

kaboo0m 05-14-2013 11:41 AM

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Originally Posted by Lair (Post 15421902)
Who said anything about kids?

Can you support yourself on minimum wage? What happens when predatory business practices eliminate all the jobs that pay a living wage? When the only jobs available are at Walmart, what are your choices?

start your own?

Lair 05-14-2013 11:51 AM

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Originally Posted by kaboo0m (Post 15422417)
start your own?

Awesome idea. What kind of business can I start with my $7.85 wage?

5ynd1cat3 05-14-2013 11:53 AM

Re: Walmart Fighting Bill That Would Grant Living Wage to Employees in D.C.
 
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Originally Posted by Lair (Post 15422448)
Awesome idea. What kind of business can I start with my $7.85 wage?

A glass company...oh wait....

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Lair 05-14-2013 12:00 PM

I started my glass business with a $2000 credit card in 1994. My wife and I were making $50K a year at the time - combined.

Can Joe Schmoe get a $2000 credit card with his $7.85 an hour job today?

evolved 05-14-2013 12:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Lair (Post 15422500)
I started my glass business with a $2000 credit card in 1994. My wife and I were making $50K a year at the time - combined.

Can Joe Schmoe get a $2000 credit card with his $7.85 an hour job today?

A person with a pulse can get a $2000 credit card if they have minimal debt.

kaboo0m 05-14-2013 12:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Lair (Post 15422448)
Awesome idea. What kind of business can I start with my $7.85 wage?

oh wow you are right... i guess only rich people can afford to take out loans or convince others to pool in cash for a investment.

jeez i wonder how those broke ass immigrants out there like my parents manage to start a business when they came here with 20 bucks in their pocket working in sweat shop like conditions.


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