Six Major Retailers Send Letter to Mayor Gray

July 17, 2013

Executives of six major retailers with stores in D.C. have sent a letter to Mayor Vince Gray urging him to veto the living wage bill passed by the D.C. Council last week. The executives say that the bill’s passage forces them to reconsider future plans for expansion in D.C. but stop short of a concrete threat to close stores, as Walmart pledged to do for three of its six planned D.C. stores if the legislation becomes law. The executives represent Home Depot, Macy’s, Lowe’s, AutoZone, Target, and Walgreens. The legislation in question, the Large Retailer Accountability Act of 2013, would require retailers in excess of 75,000 square feet with parent companies generating at least $1 billion per year to pay a living wage of $12.50 an hour, minus benefits. (WCP)

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