Don't Let Walmart Stick Up DC
On July 10th the DC Council voted 8-5 to pass the Large Retailer Accountability Act. This law will require retailers with revenues over $1 billion and stores over 75,000 square feet to pay their DC workers a living wage of $12.50 an hour. The bill passed despite the last minute threat by Walmart that they would not build 3 of their proposed 6 stores in the city and "reevaluate" the other 3, already under construction.
Council Chair Phil Mendelson and Council Members Vincent Orange, David Grosso, Anita Bonds, Jim Graham, Jack Evans, Kenyan McDuffie, and Marion Barry stood strong with DC residents and workers and refused to let Walmart's threats and intimidation tactics sway them. Unfortunately, Council Members David Catania, Mary Cheh, Muriel Bowser, Tommy Wells, and Yvette Alexander gave in to the threats and voted on the side of big business.
Now the bill is in the hands of Mayor Vince Gray. He has not said if he will sign it or veto it. His spokes person did say he wants to hear from DC residents before he makes a decision, so now is the time to make sure he hears from you. We have a chance to put this historic bill into law and pull thousands of DC retail workers out of poverty. Email the Mayor today and tell him to join the majority of the DC Council, stay strong and sign the Large Retailer Accountability Act!
This action is for DC residents only. If you live in Maryland or Virginia and want to take action, click here.
Want to do more than send an email? You can also call the Mayor's office at 888-264-6154.