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  •  The only problem I have with the bill... (0+ / 0-)

    Is that it doesn't and won't affect stores already in place, only new stores. The law is effectively an anti-Walmart law, not a living wage law.

    Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

    by Phoenix Rising on Wed Jul 17, 2013 at 07:03:02 PM PDT

    •  That isn't true (1+ / 0-)
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      The law applies to ALL merchants based upon store square footage (greater than 75,000 sq ft) and annual revenues (greater than $1 billion).  Some stores like Apple retail stores are exempt based on square footage.  

      For existing stores, like Best Buy and Target, there is a four year period before it applies.

      The sequester is the new Republican immigration reform plan. Make things so bad here in the US that no one will want to live here.

      by Mote Dai on Wed Jul 17, 2013 at 08:30:32 PM PDT

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      •  Okay - good to know (0+ / 0-)

        The NPR story the other day "detailed" the bill, but neglected the phase-in period for existing stores.

        In that case, I like the bill more. Still, a universal four-year phase-in that didn't single out new stores would have made it less obviously an anti-Walmart piece of legislation.

        I won't shop at Walmart, but what's good for the goose is good for the gander: if targeting Planned Parenthood by inference is bad, so is targeting Walmart - or even retailers - by inference. Pass a living wage law that applies to all large employers; do it right, not for the political motivation of singling out Walmart.

        Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

        by Phoenix Rising on Wed Jul 17, 2013 at 11:13:02 PM PDT

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      •  Why should a small business... (0+ / 0-)

        ...be able to pay their workers less? Are workers at small businesses second class citizens?

        •  Huh?? (0+ / 0-)

          The sequester is the new Republican immigration reform plan. Make things so bad here in the US that no one will want to live here.

          by Mote Dai on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 06:21:14 AM PDT

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          •  See... (0+ / 0-)

            ...an expanded explanation.

            Basically, this bill should apply to ALL workers in ALL businesses or none. The worker at a small housecleaning service doesn't pay less rent or lower utility bills than their peer at a large retailer -- why shouldn't they be guaranteed the same minimum/living wage?

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