“We’re at a point where we don’t need retailers,” D.C. council member Vincent B. Orange said. “Retailers need us.”
D.C.’s city council approved a very specific living wage law earlier this week, one that requires companies with annual sales of more than $1 billion to pay its employees a local living wage ($12.50).
Before the vote, Walmart announced it would abandon plans for three of six soon-to-be-built District stores if the city passed the law.
D.C. isn’t the first to engage in a game of chicken between itself and the mega-retailer. Emily Badger looks at Walmart’s struggles with other city governments and wonders, when exactly is it safe to make Walmart play by rules it doesn’t like?
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