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Tensions Rise as Walmart Refuses to Pay

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Proponents of a proposed higher "living wage" requirement for workers at large retailers here in Washington are stepping up their campaign, urging the city's mayor to sign pending legislation into law.


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Debbie G (306)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 1:46 pm
So let Walmart leave DC. I wish they would leave STL metro area. I don't know how anyone with a conscience can shop at Walmart.

JL A (281)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 3:55 pm
DC's economic plans did not call for attracting any more WalMart type businesses so their threats should ring empty and their departure should help the local economy.

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Sunday July 21, 2013, 5:08 pm

Twyla Sparks (208)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 6:49 pm
Thanks for the info

Jason S (50)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 7:45 pm
Good posting, thanks

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 8:06 pm
Noted. Yes, this is absolutely corporate bullying. Walmart needs to lose, and pay workers a living wage!

Katie & Bill D (107)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 9:07 pm
Thank You

Hartson Doak (39)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 11:56 pm
When Sam Walton died and his heirs inherited his fortune, they took up three of the ten riches people in the US.They can afford to pay a living wage to every Walmart employee.

Helen Porter (39)
Monday July 22, 2013, 12:02 am
I can understand why the employees tend to be hidden when you need one,

When I first moved where I am now, with Fry's just "in the back yard", I thought I would have to continue buying at Walmart for prices I could afford. I soon found out Frys has the best bargains and their employees seem happy, friendly, and willing to help.

Walmart being cheap certainly applies to the way they treat their employees,

Patricia H. (440)
Monday July 22, 2013, 2:18 am
thanks for the info Carrie

Ben O (135)
Monday July 22, 2013, 4:24 am
And, once again I say; $15 an hour...for a start!

Joanne Dixon (37)
Monday July 22, 2013, 8:50 am
No, Rev Hagler, caving to the corporation doesn't send a mixed message. It sends a very clear message - you and I don't count.

Nancy Crouse (5)
Monday July 22, 2013, 1:04 pm
These mega corporations are disgusting, obtuse, and uinconscionable. They are evil people. They are the kind of people whom would have lost their heads in the French Revolution!

Phyllis P (232)
Monday July 22, 2013, 1:27 pm
As much as I hate to say it, and I have signed MANY petitions against Walmart....I do shop there on occasion (sorry Debbie G, I really DO have a conscience.) I know all the reasons NOT too, but sometimes, I can't beat the price. I don't grocery shop there, but other things, occasionally. Sorry to disappoint. I would still fight for the right of workers to be paid a decent wage, and for the money grubbing corporate Walmart bastards to change some of their practices.

Debra Tate (17)
Monday July 22, 2013, 1:29 pm
Noted! . . Walmart has been going down hill since Sam Walden died. Now they sell mostly junk IMHO. Prices up and quality down! Everything from over seas with slave labor and unsafe working conditions! Born and raised in the USA and I will go out of my way to BUY AMERICAN! Those are our neighbors, friends and families jobs! Stuff coming from overseas does not keep American people working! It puts them out of work!

Carrie B (306)
Monday July 22, 2013, 1:49 pm
I call it "forced practicality", Phyllis. I too have signed many petitions concerning Walmart's abhorrent treatment of employees, but like you there are times when the price makes the difference for me. My prescriptions as well as all over the counter medications is much cheaper there than anywhere else in Santa Fe. Living on social security whilst paying Santa Fe prices makes doing some shopping at Walmart the difference in surviving or not.

Sharon W. (4)
Monday July 22, 2013, 2:12 pm
So they deem themselves too cool to follow the law and pay their employees a wage they can actually live on (and not just, if at all, barely survive). I hope they go bankrupt.

Birgit W (160)
Monday July 22, 2013, 2:39 pm
I agree with Lois Jordan. This is corporate bullying.

Barbara Goheen (0)
Monday July 22, 2013, 3:43 pm
I agree..
Yes, this is absolutely corporate bullying. Walmart needs to lose, and pay workers a living wage!

Deborah W (6)
Monday July 22, 2013, 4:51 pm
The Mayor is absolutely right, it's bigger than Walmart. Boomtown Washington won't give a rat's ass either way. Others, say in Marion Barry's county, are not so quick to want them gone. (All about unions. not people.)

The fact that some people would actually rather work than not, have a large variety of reasonable choices, and reap the added benefits of a Walmart attracting other small businesses surrounding it as a hub, affording them price and choice, carries some weight.

Personally, hope Walmart pulls out. They don't need the headache.

Katie & Bill D (107)
Monday July 22, 2013, 9:42 pm
Thank you

Patricia R (13)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 10:37 am

Sheila D (194)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 6:09 pm
People with a conscience buy at Wal Mart because they can't afford not to. They have no choice or they would go elsewhere. Social Security, counter to what the GOP/Tea Party says, does not support a person enough to live without rent assistance, SNAP, and other so-called entitlements - even then it's difficult because prices aren't going anywhere but up. That leaves us shopping, at least for some things, at Wal Mart.
Poor people do know what shopping there means but there's no alternative, especially with KMart closing stores.

Angelus Silesius (120)
Friday July 26, 2013, 7:11 am
When you return products to stores or get great deals, these are taken from somewhere and that ultimately comes from worker pay and benefits

Carrie B (306)
Friday July 26, 2013, 12:04 pm
Angelus, why not take it away from the exorbitant CEO salaries instead?

Sergio Padilla (65)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 4:05 pm
So wrong!

Diane L (110)
Friday August 2, 2013, 5:31 am
So, in Washington D.C., Walmart doesn't pay minimum wage? How can the mayor change things? Doesn't Washington D.C. have to obey the "State" minimum wage laws, or does Washington D.C. not have a minimum wage?

In my state (Washington), all employers have to pay at least minimum wage except farm workers, who are paid in other ways, such as "by the pound". Walmart's employees get at LEAST $9.05/hour, which is the same as other retailers pay to start with.
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