DC Regional Minimum Wage Moves Forward

Montgomery Co. council votes to raise minimum wage

ROCKVILLE — The Montgomery County Council has voted to establish a county minimum wage and raise that hourly rate to $11.50 by 2017.

The 8-1 vote Tuesday night followed hours of tense debate, but County Executive Ike Leggett says he will sign the measure into law.

Read more: http://thedailyrecord.com/2013/11/27/montgomery-co-council-votes-to-raise-minimum-wage/#ixzz2lwvyEddy

Prince George’s County voted on Wednesday to join Montgomery County in dramatically raising the minimum wage, approving a measure that would increase the hourly rate to $11.50 by 2017 from the current $7.25.

The vote was part of a pact between officials from Maryland’s two most populous counties and the District, which is set to vote on a similar proposal Dec. 3. District officials were closely watching the votes in Montgomery and Prince George’s, which they said would help them to raise the city’s rate as well.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/prince-georges-county-council-set-to-vote-wednesday-on-minimum-wage-increase/2013/11/27/170d6fc2-56f0-11e3-8304-caf30787c0a9_story.html

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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.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/mike-debonis/wp/2013/03/13/large-retailer-living-wage-bill-is-moving-forward/

WalMart organizes opposition to big box ordinance:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/mike-debonis/wp/2013/03/14/wal-mart-is-among-dont-block-d-c-progress-backers/