by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 7/11/13, 12:45 pm
The Washington D.C. Council passed a “living wage bill” on Wednesday, despite protests and threats from retail giant Walmart. “The Large Retailer Accountability Act” will require some large retailers to pay a 50 percent premium on top of the city’s minimum wage, according to The Washington Post. Their workers must now be paid $12.50 an hour, rather than $8.25.
Walmart had warned that passage of the bill could halt its plans to build in the area—citing three new locations specifically, at Skyland, Capitol Gateway, and New York Avenue.