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[Washington] D.C. Council Passes $12.50 Minimum Wage Bill; Wal-mart says will not build 3 stores
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Posted on 07/10/2013 2:33:59 PM PDT by COBOL2Java

WASHINGTON - The D.C. Council has passed a bill that would require large retailers like Wal-Mart to pay workers at least $12.50.

The bill now goes to Mayor Vincent Gray for his consideration. The 8-5 vote was short of the votes needed to override a veto from the mayor

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
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1 posted on 07/10/2013 2:33:59 PM PDT by COBOL2Java
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To: COBOL2Java

$12.50 time zero employees equals...(drumroll)...zero.

Thank you. Thank you very much. I’ll be here all week. Try the veal.


2 posted on 07/10/2013 2:37:35 PM PDT by VRW Conspirator (The Lefties can drink Kool-Aid; I will drink Tea.)
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To: COBOL2Java


District of Communists

District of Corruption

District of Comedy

(play along at home, kids !   :^)

3 posted on 07/10/2013 2:38:09 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: COBOL2Java

Fools!

Stevie666


4 posted on 07/10/2013 2:38:28 PM PDT by szweig (HYHEY!! (Have You Had Enough Yet))
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To: COBOL2Java

Minimum wage needs to be $30 hr. Otherwise, you’re better off being on welfare.


5 posted on 07/10/2013 2:39:43 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: COBOL2Java

Fools and Idiots run that city.


6 posted on 07/10/2013 2:41:05 PM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: smokingfrog

8-5 is by design. the mayor will not sign it.


7 posted on 07/10/2013 2:41:18 PM PDT by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: newnhdad

Has Walmart lost its mind? Why expose your company to the whacky WDC population?


8 posted on 07/10/2013 2:43:08 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: bmwcyle

They run that city because fools and idiots vote them into office.


9 posted on 07/10/2013 2:44:05 PM PDT by Catsrus (gg)
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To: COBOL2Java

What is minimum wage now in DC?


10 posted on 07/10/2013 2:44:13 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: smokingfrog

make minimum wage 100,000 per hour and then everyone could only work one hour a year at McDonalds and we would all be rich!


11 posted on 07/10/2013 2:44:50 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: COBOL2Java

I’m fairly sure if it passes the law could be struck down in court. Equal protection under the law and all that. (Seems the bill only pertains to a certain size business and we aren’t talking bennies we are talking basic wage)


12 posted on 07/10/2013 2:46:38 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: COBOL2Java
The DC city council has been drinking too much of this:


13 posted on 07/10/2013 2:48:01 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: COBOL2Java
This is a manifestation of one of the consequences of too many and too good government assistance programs. This is the city council’s action, but it reflects that it is better not to work at all than to accept a minimum wage. Those who work will pay more for this largesse.
14 posted on 07/10/2013 2:49:37 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: hal ogen

I actually agree. They will need too many security guards and the place will need a substation that runs a shuttle to the local lock-up. If the Mayor doesn’t sign it, there is no guarantee that the next one won’t. Remember, this is a city that pretty allowed the teachers union to elect this mayor. They are run by the few unions left and the strongest (most influential) is the teachers union.
There must have been some pretty strong assurances in those meetings in Bentonville for WM to make this commitment.


15 posted on 07/10/2013 2:49:55 PM PDT by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: VRW Conspirator

The goofy thing is that Walmart had announced they planned to pay an average of $12.39/hour. But the DC bureaucrats had to stick the knife in over 11 cents. Only people they hurt are their constituents.


16 posted on 07/10/2013 2:50:25 PM PDT by vajimbo
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To: GraceG
I was referring to this study.

When broken down per hour, welfare spending per hour per household in poverty is $30.60, which is higher than the $25.03 median income per hour.

17 posted on 07/10/2013 2:50:51 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: vajimbo
The goofy thing is that Walmart had announced they planned to pay an average of $12.39/hour. But the DC bureaucrats had to stick the knife in over 11 cents.

Nope. You got that wrong. There's a BIG difference between an average of $12.39 an hour and a minimum of 12.50 an hour. New employees with no experience would be starting at minimum wage, while managers could be making up into the teens and even 20's or more an hour, and the average could be 12.39 an hour. Making the minimum 12.50 an hour would mean that either they would not hire inexperienced workers or would have to pay them 12.50, and the overall average rate would probably be upwards of 15 or 18 or even 20 an hour. A merchandising store cannot survive with average rates like that.

18 posted on 07/10/2013 3:05:38 PM PDT by Real Cynic No More (Border Fence Obamacare!)
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To: ColdOne

$8.25 an hour which is $1.00 more than the Federal minimum wage. Go figure. I can guarantee you that should Walmart ever go union, all criticism of them would immediately cease and they would become the most wonderful company ever.


19 posted on 07/10/2013 3:09:26 PM PDT by wayoverthehill (u)
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To: ColdOne

Doesn’t matter whatever it is it is 900 less jobs and counting as no large retailer will build where they are not allowed to compete fairly for business.


20 posted on 07/10/2013 3:11:26 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: COBOL2Java

Democrats in Action! Uh, I mean: Commies In Action!

Uh, ok, same difference, actually:

Potato, patato; Democrat, Commie.


21 posted on 07/10/2013 4:00:30 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: GraceG

“make minimum wage 100,000 per hour and then everyone could only work one hour a year at McDonalds and we would all be rich!”

Even better, have the government mint a bunch of trillion dollar coins and grant each citizen one coin. They everybody would be REALLY rich and no one would have to work at all.


22 posted on 07/10/2013 4:03:34 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Mad Dawgg

“Equal protection under the law and all that. (Seems the bill only pertains to a certain size business “

Even worse, stores bigger than the target size but which are also unionized are exempted! Only large, non-unionized stores are impacted.

Still, I don’t blame Walmart for wasting their money on lawsuits. Probably cheaper and easier just to pull out.


23 posted on 07/10/2013 4:05:56 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: COBOL2Java

I will celebrate the day that DC files for bankruptcy.

LLS


24 posted on 07/10/2013 4:15:39 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: wayoverthehill

Until they went belly up.

LLS


25 posted on 07/10/2013 4:18:21 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: COBOL2Java

Union trumping jobs.

I’m sure the voters who put these Leftists in charge travel to Va where there are Walmarts.


26 posted on 07/10/2013 4:30:00 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: VRW Conspirator

Why not $32.50/hr? Or $325.50/hr?


27 posted on 07/10/2013 5:04:07 PM PDT by cookcounty (IRS = Internal Revenge Service.)
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To: Mastador1

And some existing DC retailers may close and move to the burbs.


28 posted on 07/10/2013 5:05:45 PM PDT by cookcounty (IRS = Internal Revenge Service.)
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To: COBOL2Java

what a bunch of stupid crooks


29 posted on 07/10/2013 5:07:59 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: COBOL2Java

Why should Wal-Mart have to pay their employees a living wage when the American taxpayers will do it for them?

I mean between food stamps, section 8 housing, etc. all Wal-Mart needs to do is to pay their employees enough so they can afford gas for the car, or bus fare, so they can show up to work. Taxpayers will do the rest.


30 posted on 07/10/2013 6:53:41 PM PDT by frickin_frackin
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To: catnipman
I'd love an ABSCAM type sting by Wal-Mart.

One where they completely go overboard and show the DC councilmen some aluminum suitcase full of fake $.

Oh, here's what YOU'LL get if you let us build our stores.

Then when the "leak" breaks, and the councilman get caught, just laugh at them and give them the suitcase full of fake bills.

31 posted on 07/10/2013 6:53:58 PM PDT by boop ("You don't look so bad, here's another")
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To: COBOL2Java

And in a few years, after more of dear leaders’ endless spending and printing of money, that won’t be enough to buy a month’s groceries and they’ll be demanding it be raised more.

What was it Einstein said about insanity?


32 posted on 07/11/2013 9:01:37 AM PDT by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be purchased and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me.")
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To: cookcounty

Because the jig would be up.


33 posted on 07/11/2013 9:03:14 AM PDT by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be purchased and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me.")
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To: vajimbo
Walmart provides jobs with benefits, tax income, minority hiring, lower prices, and a wide variety of the products people need without having to go to multiple stores .

Washington DC doesn't deserve Walmart. Better that they build in "flyover country" where they get a better class of job applicants with a better work ethic, and where people appreciate you.

34 posted on 07/11/2013 10:22:15 AM PDT by Kenton
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To: COBOL2Java

I don’t like Walmart but I guess I’ll give them a little business.


35 posted on 07/11/2013 1:45:22 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (If you vote for evil because you can't see evil, you ARE evil!)
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To: frickin_frackin

“Why should Wal-Mart have to pay their employees a living wage when the American taxpayers will do it for them?”

You realize Wal mart is not alone in what they pay their people?
Why single Walmart out?
They pay as much or slightly more than any other similar operation and the opportunity to advance and make more is pretty easy.
Sears Target Penney’s Kmart all fast food chains etc etc etc etc


36 posted on 07/11/2013 2:28:54 PM PDT by RWGinger
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To: RWGinger

Wal-Mart is by far the biggest employer who regularly perpetuates the cycle of reliance on government hand-outs. The other companies are a drop in the bucket comparatively.

If Wal-Mart actually paid its share of corporate taxes, then you could argue that they pay for their employees to be on public assistance. But with corporate loopholes, offshore accounts, and other chicanery, these big companies are just leeches off of the American economy.

It’s time patriotism took a front seat and for companies to start making stuff in the USA and stop giving their employees 39 hours a week just so they don’t have to pay for any benefits, and let the social safety net take care of them (ie taxpayer funded food stamps and healthcare).

Sure, CEOs will only make maybe 1 million a year instead of 2, but isn’t it time to put America first? In WWII when people were growing Victory Gardens and skipped a meat meal one a week no one asked, ‘What’s in it for me?’

The USA is in a war for economic survival, and it’s time that big companies started pitching in.


37 posted on 07/11/2013 4:11:50 PM PDT by frickin_frackin
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To: vajimbo
A 12.39 average and a 12.50 minimum is a lot bigger difference than 11 cents.
38 posted on 07/11/2013 5:27:04 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: frickin_frackin
Hey folks we got us here a gen-u-wine liberal. He is so smart he know what Wal-Mart's "share of corporate taxes" really is. Why, someone that smart should be working for the Obama Regime.
39 posted on 07/11/2013 5:31:54 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: frickin_frackin

Sorry
it is 2013
and we are and will forever be in a global economy

we can never go back nor would we want to go back to wages now paid to emerging countries.

We can either recognize this and look to ways to ensure our place
knowing it is not in mindless production
or we can continue to whine
which course do you choose to take


40 posted on 07/11/2013 5:53:53 PM PDT by RWGinger
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To: frickin_frackin

I lived for 12 years overseas working for US companies and paying ZERO income tax. One of the few things that still gives me a warm fuzzy is seeing that goose egg on line 28 of the 1040. Are you implying that you would not do the same if your could?


41 posted on 07/11/2013 8:46:36 PM PDT by gr8eman (Ron Swanson for President!)
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To: frickin_frackin
The USA is in a war for economic survival, and it’s time that big companies started pitching in.

Maybe it's time for the freeloading deadbeats that make up the base of the democRAT party to pay their fair share. What's fair to you? 10%? 15%? Name a rate, then apply it to EVERYONE!

43 posted on 07/12/2013 7:56:40 PM PDT by meyer (What would John Hancock do?)
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