Wal-Mart had planned to build six stores in the District.
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If you don't know about it, there is an ongoing fight between Wal-Mart and the union movement. The political battle fought in D.C. is over the "living wage bill." But that is just the latest ploy of a longer war in years to come between the retail giant and America’s primarily-Black, democratic- and union-controlled urban enclaves.
The D.C. Council on Tuesday was unable to gather enough votes to overturn Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s veto of the large-retailer living wage bill.
The stand-off between Wal-Mart and city officials has made national headlines, and the decision by the D.C. Council to force the behemoth to pay a living wage to each employee jeopardizes Wal-Mart's presence here.
The D.C. Council voted 8-5 Wednesday afternoon to pass a controversial act requiring big-box retailers to pay their employees a minimum wage of $12.50 an hour.
Gray Under Pressure to Veto Bill
In a move that can only be characterized as a power play, the nation's largest retailer has made it clear to the mayor of the District of Columbia that it’s not happy with a pending bill that would substantially raise the minimum wage.