Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Wal-Mart challenges D.C.'s "living wage" law proposal with a threat

Wal-Mart is challenging the idea of “super-minimum wage laws”  (or “living wage”)by saying it will not build three of six new superstores planned within the District of Columbia, unless the City Council backs down on its ordinance demanding a “super minimum wage” on $12.50 an hour (instead of the federal minimum wage of $8.25 for the District and $7.25 nationwide (Wiki here). The Washington Post story by Mike DeBonis is here.

The controversy illustrates the “conservative” argument that higher minimum wage or living wage law reduce openings, or probably drive more companies into aggressive telemarketing and commission-sales schemes, annoying the public.

Back in the early 1970s, as I came of age, there was a mentality in the “far left” that middle class or “salaried consumers” who bought goods made or sold by low wage workers were part of the “oppression”.  Barbara Ehrenerich had documented low-wage work (including Wal-Mart) in “Nickel and Dimed” (2001). 

This is my first blog posting at age 70!

Update: It appears that the DC mayor will veto. 

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