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    Re: Walmart says it will kill plans to build 3 new stores if DC wage bill passes

    Don't know if this has been posted yet but...

    D.C. Council approves ‘living wage’ bill over Wal-Mart ultimatum

    D.C. lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to a bill requiring some large retailers to pay their employees a 50 percent premium over the city’s minimum wage, a day after Wal-Mart warned that the law would jeopardize its plans in the city.

    The retail giant had linked the future of at least three planned stores in the District to the proposal. But its ultimatum did not change any legislators’ minds. The 8 to 5 roll call matched the outcome of an earlier vote on the matter, taken before Wal-Mart’s warning.

    If signed by the mayor, the D.C. Council measure would require retailers with corporate sales of $1 billion or more and operating in spaces 75,000 square feet or larger to pay their employees no less than $12.50 an hour. The city’s minimum wage is $8.25.

    In May 2012, union members march with Wal-Mart employees, churchgoers and community leaders to protest the retailer’s presence in the District.

    “The question here is a living wage; it’s not whether Wal-Mart comes or stays,” said council member Vincent B. Orange (D-At Large), a lead backer of the legislation, who added that the city did not need to kowtow to threats. “We’re at a point where we don’t need retailers. Retailers need us.”
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    Re: Walmart says it will kill plans to build 3 new stores if DC wage bill passes

    Quote Originally Posted by poweRob View Post
    The question here is a living wage; it’s not whether Wal-Mart comes or stays
    actually the intent seems rather clear in attacking companies like walmart. Agree or disagree with that, but let's be honest here

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    Re: Walmart says it will kill plans to build 3 new stores if DC wage bill passes

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    Conservatives are morally bankrupt.
    Give a example then. Of us being " morally bankrupt " as almost every Lib here has justified down every low life, unethical action that's come out of the White House for 5 years.
    It seems a bit hypocritical.
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    Re: Walmart says it will kill plans to build 3 new stores if DC wage bill passes

    Quote Originally Posted by captainawesome View Post
    It worked that way for Henry Ford. He paid enough so his employees could afford to buy and it worked.
    It's foolish to apply a arbitrary comparison to justify a really bad idea.

    Henry Ford was a bit of a slave driver too, mistreating his workers,forcing them to work long hours in dangerous conditions.

    The arbitrarily mandating of wage increases causes the cost of goods and services to rise, as employers try to absorb a cost increase. It's such a shortsighted position I have a hard time believing anyone over the age of 13 advocates a Government entity mandating cost increases on private corporations.

    I can't follow an ideology who's concepts only work in a vacuum.
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    Re: Walmart says it will kill plans to build 3 new stores if DC wage bill passes

    Quote Originally Posted by poweRob View Post
    Don't know if this has been posted yet but...

    D.C. Council approves ‘living wage’ bill over Wal-Mart ultimatum

    D.C. lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to a bill requiring some large retailers to pay their employees a 50 percent premium over the city’s minimum wage, a day after Wal-Mart warned that the law would jeopardize its plans in the city.

    The retail giant had linked the future of at least three planned stores in the District to the proposal. But its ultimatum did not change any legislators’ minds. The 8 to 5 roll call matched the outcome of an earlier vote on the matter, taken before Wal-Mart’s warning.

    If signed by the mayor, the D.C. Council measure would require retailers with corporate sales of $1 billion or more and operating in spaces 75,000 square feet or larger to pay their employees no less than $12.50 an hour. The city’s minimum wage is $8.25.

    In May 2012, union members march with Wal-Mart employees, churchgoers and community leaders to protest the retailer’s presence in the District.

    “The question here is a living wage; it’s not whether Wal-Mart comes or stays,” said council member Vincent B. Orange (D-At Large), a lead backer of the legislation, who added that the city did not need to kowtow to threats. “We’re at a point where we don’t need retailers. Retailers need us.”
    A living wage as determined by whom ?

    Unbelievable.
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    Re: Walmart says it will kill plans to build 3 new stores if DC wage bill passes

    Quote Originally Posted by Fenton View Post
    A living wage as determined by whom ?

    Unbelievable.
    As defined by me. Frankly, I've become a bit of a believer in this. Since the laws of supply and demand do not apply to labor, and since employers are all infinitely able to pay higher labor costs out of magical profits, I say we raise the minimum wage to $50 an hour, and we can all have above-average income!

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    Re: Walmart says it will kill plans to build 3 new stores if DC wage bill passes

    Quote Originally Posted by captainawesome View Post
    Exactly if Walmart doesn't want to pay the min wage they don't have to. No one is forcing them to.
    Precisely. They are free to refuse to hire, and free to fire their current employees.

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    Re: Walmart says it will kill plans to build 3 new stores if DC wage bill passes

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    yeah why get a job when you can suck on the public tit. That is what the democrats want
    DC has a lot of issues. When I lived there I used to listen to the black talk radio shows from time to time. The level of ignorance and paranoia to the brink of being mental illness I heard would just make you want to flee the country. There were some ubber conservative conspiracy theory type shows that were pretty bad, but I felt that the black hosts were enabling and encouraging the absolute wrong world view in the people who most need positive direction in their lives to break away from the stranglehold poverty has on them.

    I knew some black business leaders and educators, and civic-minded people who were really really trying everything they could to help people out but they were fighting a losing battle against that mentality of entitlement and hatred.

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    Re: Walmart says it will kill plans to build 3 new stores if DC wage bill passes

    Quote Originally Posted by Papa bull View Post
    You'll note that your opinion on how bad Wal-mart treats its employees is not substantiated by those articles and that without firsthand experience, you're doing nothing but talking out your ass to make factual remarks about those respective corporations' working conditions. So I assumed you must have worked for them instead of assuming that you were talking out your ass. But I stand corrected.
    Clearly you enjoy your friends at Wal Mart. Their reputation is well deserved and earned. Do your homework son.

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    Re: Walmart says it will kill plans to build 3 new stores if DC wage bill passes

    Quote Originally Posted by specklebang View Post
    What aspect of this are you pleased with and what aspect are you unhappy with?

    Walmart has ended the Mom & Pop Shop decades ago. It's very sad. But we can't live in the past.

    If you "aren't losing sleep" over this, are you advocating that Walmart not open these stores? Do you think their decision to build fewer stores will result in a Mom & Pop revival? Do you think Mom & Pop will hire the kind of people who Walmart accepts or will they hold out for thin, attractive white girls?

    I'm not losing any sleep either. I'm just recognizing that Walmart and other big box stores do make an economic contribution and that creating an impractical environment will do far more harm than good. I seriously doubt there are any "independent store owners" to be happy about this.
    I shop at Walmart myself. I'm just saying if they open a few more stores in DC or if they don't, I personally don't see it as some sort of horrible tragedy. There would be pluses and minuses either way while some see only minuses if they don't.
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