Big Box Living Wage Ordinance Advances in D.C.

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‘Large retailer’ living-wage bill is moving forward in D. C.

Posted by Mike DeBonis on March 13, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Washington Post

“Big box” stores like a Lowe’s planned for Northeast are targeted by Council Chairman PhilMendelson’s bill

A D.C. Council bill that would require the city’s largest retailers — including Wal-Mart, Costco, Home Depot and others — to pay higher wages is showing signs of life.  The “Large Retailer Accountability Act,” introduced by Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) in January,  will get a hearing next Wednesday before the council’s Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs committee.

The bill would require “large retailers” — defined as businesses operating an indoor store of at  least 75,000 square feet and whose corporate parent has sales of at least $1 billion — to pay  wages no lower than $11.75 per hour plus, benefits. That “living wage” would be indexed to the  local consumer price index every year.

WalMart organizes opposition to big box ordinance:


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