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Yesterday we reported on the silly and desperate Walmart lawsuit against the United Food and Commercial Workers, other workers rights organizations, and a single activist, Gene Lantz.
Now, the Washington, DC City Council has voted to require big box stores building in DC to pay at least a living wage (in Walmart’s case, $12.50 an hour). Big box corporations with collective bargaining agreements are exempt. Predictably, Walmart is stamping its feet, holding its breath, and generally acting like an angry toddler about a city government taking responsibility to protect the rights and living standards of its constituencies.

Walmart sent in a team of well-suited thugs to threaten not to open stores in the city’s lowest income areas. Typical Walmart extortion. Walmart may be the best corporation in America at using extortion to pay poverty wages, destroy small town business districts, and violate federal law regarding workers rights to form unions, violating the 40 hour week, and discriminating against women.

Some Walmart allies have asked why big box stores with union contracts are exempted. The answer is simple. Workers with union contracts working for employers who follow federal law can negotiate their wages, benefits, and working conditions.

But Walmart has bigger problems. Faith leaders, political leaders, community leaders, student leaders, human rights leaders and activists are standing up all over America to demand that Walmart follow America’s laws and respect America’s workers.

Actions are growing across America.

The summer heat is growing on Walmart.

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  •  Unlike most big cities who have tried to keep (1+ / 0-)
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    Alexandra Lynch

    Walmart out, DC aggressively sought out Walmart to come into the District, particularly in low income areas who have more limited grocery and full service department store alternatives. Walmart has three stores under construction and three more in advanced planning, but have not yet broken ground. Here is my prediction. If the $12.50 minimum wage law goes into effect Walmart will cancel the three stores not yet started and abandon the three partially built stores, take the loss and move on. If the DC mayor vetos the $12.50 minimum wage bill Walmart will complete the stores under construction, but will not build the other three.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Wed Jul 17, 2013 at 10:53:12 PM PDT

    •  and I bet (0+ / 0-)

      Costco, a business that does pay well, at least the DC minimum, will come right in. Costco pays great, has great health insurance, and treats its workers like gold, and the company thrives.

      "Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government" T. Jefferson

      by azureblue on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 09:28:48 AM PDT

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      •  azure - I am a Costco member and love them (1+ / 0-)
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        andalusi

        for a lot of reasons, including how they value their employees. However, Costco and Walmart don't overlap in their product selection and the sector of the market they are trying to serve. Costco isn't trying to be a full service grocery store or general merchandise retailer. Costco is designed to be a "drive to" shopping destination. Remember that it's original business model was as a wholesale supplier. Costco has one DC store, which is likely all they need in that market. Might they pick up one of the Walmart sites? Maybe? But they won't be in six sites. It wouldn't make sense.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 09:57:05 AM PDT

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