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Walmart says it will kill plans to build 3 new stores if DC wage bill passes

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What great way to kept them out of your town, just increase the minimum wage.


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Walmart says it will cancel its plans to build three new stores in D.C. if local lawmakers approve a bill that would force the retailer to pay its employees at least $12.50 an hour.

Alex Barron, a regional general manager for Walmart U.S., writes in an op-ed published in the Washington Post Tuesday that the company feels the D.C. Council's proposed "living wage" legislation “would clearly inject unforeseen costs into the equation that will create an uneven playing field and challenge the fiscal health of our planned D.C. stores.”


Walmart currently has three other new stores under construction in the area, and Barron says those stores will also be jeopardized if the bill passes.




Read more: Walmart says it will kill plans to build 3 new stores if DC wage bill passes | Fox News






 

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My guess to the Republican/conservative reaction to this news:

Despite the fact they constantly blast Obama for an economy with slumping take home pay and an increase of low wage jobs, Republicans/conservatives will now come out to gleefully point out how the liberal agenda is destroying the economy and taking away jobs.

That's merely a guess...let's see how it plays out.
 

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My guess is that their DC stores would have a lot of shoplifters.
 

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Walmart is an employer of last resort and deserves a pass on this. They hire people that aren't worth $12.50 an hour anywhere and they give them a way to contribute. I'm a strong believer in a minimum wage but to insist on a "living wage" is not a logical strategy.
 

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This is just stupid:

The bill is backed by worker advocates and unions that say employees of big-box stores should earn a "living wage." It applies only to stores doing business in spaces of 75,000 feet or more.

It would require such stores to pay every employee no less than $12.50 an hour, up from D.C.'s current minimum wage of $8.25.

So people who work in big stores require 12.50 an hour to have a living wage, but people who work elsewhere only require 8.50? Despite living in the same town? With similar if not the same cost of living? How does that make sense?
 

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What great way to kept them out of your town, just increase the minimum wage.


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Walmart says it will cancel its plans to build three new stores in D.C. if local lawmakers approve a bill that would force the retailer to pay its employees at least $12.50 an hour.

Alex Barron, a regional general manager for Walmart U.S., writes in an op-ed published in the Washington Post Tuesday that the company feels the D.C. Council's proposed "living wage" legislation “would clearly inject unforeseen costs into the equation that will create an uneven playing field and challenge the fiscal health of our planned D.C. stores.”


Walmart currently has three other new stores under construction in the area, and Barron says those stores will also be jeopardized if the bill passes.




Read more: Walmart says it will kill plans to build 3 new stores if DC wage bill passes | Fox News







Who would think that a mere 51% increase in the minimum wage would cost anyone a job? Obviously there is a point at which this will happen and DC seems to have found it. It is interesting that the size of your paycheck is being linked to the size of your workplace. Should one really get more money for running a cash register in a big store than running a cash register in a small store? Maybe DC should pay all of its gov't workers much less than those in MD or VA because, after all, DC is much smaller. ;)
 
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This is just stupid:



So people who work in big stores require 12.50 an hour to have a living wage, but people who work elsewhere only require 8.50? Despite living in the same town? With similar if not the same cost of living? How does that make sense?

You may be onto something ;)
 

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Oh no, Wal-Mart, don't do that. Don't throw us into the briar patch.
 

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This is just stupid:



So people who work in big stores require 12.50 an hour to have a living wage, but people who work elsewhere only require 8.50? Despite living in the same town? With similar if not the same cost of living? How does that make sense?

My guess to the logic behind it would be stores of that size can afford to pay greater wages, especially since (again, speaking theoretically) stores of that size are more likely to be chain stores and not a small business.
 

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What great way to kept them out of your town, just increase the minimum wage.


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Walmart says it will cancel its plans to build three new stores in D.C. if local lawmakers approve a bill that would force the retailer to pay its employees at least $12.50 an hour.

Alex Barron, a regional general manager for Walmart U.S., writes in an op-ed published in the Washington Post Tuesday that the company feels the D.C. Council's proposed "living wage" legislation “would clearly inject unforeseen costs into the equation that will create an uneven playing field and challenge the fiscal health of our planned D.C. stores.”


Walmart currently has three other new stores under construction in the area, and Barron says those stores will also be jeopardized if the bill passes.




Read more: Walmart says it will kill plans to build 3 new stores if DC wage bill passes | Fox News






You mean almost 600 people won't be able to get part time jobs there, oh no the horror. Kind of hard to care about a company that employs mostly part time for **** wages not being able to build another store or two.
 
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California To Wal-Mart: Enough! No More Taxpayer Subsidized Profits For You - Forbes

For years, Wal-Mart—and other large retail operators—have been piling up huge profits by controlling their labor costs through paying employees sub-poverty level wages. As a result, it has long been left to the taxpayer to provide healthcare and other subsidized benefits to the many Wal-Mart employees who are dependent on Medicaid, food stamp programs and subsidized housing in order to keep their families from going under.
 

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Why go to Walmart ? Dumpster diving is free and there's always the issue of better quality.................
 

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What great way to kept them out of your town, just increase the minimum wage.


View attachment 67150149

Walmart says it will cancel its plans to build three new stores in D.C. if local lawmakers approve a bill that would force the retailer to pay its employees at least $12.50 an hour.

Alex Barron, a regional general manager for Walmart U.S., writes in an op-ed published in the Washington Post Tuesday that the company feels the D.C. Council's proposed "living wage" legislation “would clearly inject unforeseen costs into the equation that will create an uneven playing field and challenge the fiscal health of our planned D.C. stores.”


Walmart currently has three other new stores under construction in the area, and Barron says those stores will also be jeopardized if the bill passes.




Read more: Walmart says it will kill plans to build 3 new stores if DC wage bill passes | Fox News







Yaknow Fox news such a drama queen.
 

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What great way to kept them out of your town, just increase the minimum wage.


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Walmart says it will cancel its plans to build three new stores in D.C. if local lawmakers approve a bill that would force the retailer to pay its employees at least $12.50 an hour.

Alex Barron, a regional general manager for Walmart U.S., writes in an op-ed published in the Washington Post Tuesday that the company feels the D.C. Council's proposed "living wage" legislation “would clearly inject unforeseen costs into the equation that will create an uneven playing field and challenge the fiscal health of our planned D.C. stores.”


Walmart currently has three other new stores under construction in the area, and Barron says those stores will also be jeopardized if the bill passes.

-Walmart and others of that ilk are a big part of why the American economy has been struggling these last few years.​
 

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My guess to the logic behind it would be stores of that size can afford to pay greater wages, especially since (again, speaking theoretically) stores of that size are more likely to be chain stores and not a small business.

Nonsense. Mowing grass in a big field is no harder than mowing grass in smaller yard, often easier as you ride on the mower instead of having to push it. Operating a cash register in a Walmart is no harder than operating a cash register in a McDonalds. Selling tickets at a stadium is no harder than selling tickets at movie theater. I will bet that DC did not suddenly decide to pay its city workers less than those in MD or VA, simply because DC is much smaller in area.
 

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Nonsense. Mowing grass in a big field is no harder than mowing grass in smaller yard, often easier as you ride on the mower instead of having to push it. Operating a cash register in a Walmart is no harder than operating a cash register in a McDonalds. Selling tickets at a stadium is no harder than selling tickets at movie theater. I will bet that DC did not suddenly decide to pay its city workers less than those in MD or VA, simply because DC is much smaller in area.



Seems like a lot of drama created by people living big off cash they made hawking trinket trash made in China and assembled in Mexico.....................
 

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My guess to the logic behind it would be stores of that size can afford to pay greater wages, especially since (again, speaking theoretically) stores of that size are more likely to be chain stores and not a small business.

That's so they'll have enough left over to pay their union dues.
 

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That's so they'll have enough left over to pay their union dues.

Because evil unions forced them to employ Chinese serfs to make things at cut rate wages that Mexican peasants assembled at rock bottom wages so they could afford a fifth vacation home....................Oh, the humanity...........................
 

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I'm surprised the minimum wage in DC isn't higher anyway. From what I understand, the higher the cost of living in the area, the higher employers have to pay their employees. I mean, the cost of living is astronomical in Southern California, and low-level grocery store workers are making $20+ an hour. Here in SE Georgia, the cost of living is pretty low, and the grocery store workers make $7.25 an hour.

I used to work for the Mercedes-Benz service department, and at the time (1991) the labor rate per hour was $58. I was told the labor rate per hour in DC was $170.
 

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I'm surprised the minimum wage in DC isn't higher anyway. From what I understand, the higher the cost of living in the area, the higher employers have to pay their employees. I mean, the cost of living is astronomical in Southern California, and low-level grocery store workers are making $20+ an hour. Here in SE Georgia, the cost of living is pretty low, and the grocery store workers make $7.25 an hour.

I used to work for the Mercedes-Benz service department, and at the time (1991) the labor rate per hour was $58. I was told the labor rate per hour in DC was $170.


I'm thinking about all the warranty work that had to be done. The Mercedes i had was a piece o'... anyhows when it ran it was great but a 1/3 of the time it was in shop for this or that.
 

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I'm thinking about all the warranty work that had to be done. The Mercedes i had was a piece o'... anyhows when it ran it was great but a 1/3 of the time it was in shop for this or that.

Pro-tip: Service techs hate warranty work, because the book always undercuts the flag time. For instance, if you are a paying customer, you may get charged 1.5 hours on, say, replacing a timing belt. Warranty would only pay .8 of an hour. So when we would have the techs work on warranty work, we'd have to split it up between the techs, so the same ones wouldn't always be getting the shaft.
 

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Yeah, big threat by Wallyworld there. The walmart business plan is spam locations. Like they are going to let their customers go more than 5 miles without a walmart. Of course, i do think the law is very strange in a stupid way with how they regulate by size. If you call it a living wage you really need to realize that all people need to live, not just the ones in a superstore. If your goal is to hit the huge corporations who make a ton of money by underpaying their employees who make all the work happen then you totally miss the entire fast food industry. But it isn't like wallyworld is going to scoff at millions over half of millions which is still millions.
 

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Nonsense. Mowing grass in a big field is no harder than mowing grass in smaller yard, often easier as you ride on the mower instead of having to push it. Operating a cash register in a Walmart is no harder than operating a cash register in a McDonalds. Selling tickets at a stadium is no harder than selling tickets at movie theater. I will bet that DC did not suddenly decide to pay its city workers less than those in MD or VA, simply because DC is much smaller in area.
All of what you said might be true, but it in no way refutes what I said. I'll try again:

My guess to the logic behind it would be stores of that size can afford to pay greater wages, especially since (again, speaking theoretically) stores of that size are more likely to be chain stores and not a small business.


Notice I did not speak once about how hard it is for an employee, but rather the presumed ability of the business itself to absorb the costs higher wages. So you can say "Nonsense" if you'd like, but if you want to say nonsense to my speculation behind the logic of the bill, I'd appreciate if you'd reply in a way which actually explains why the logic is nonsense, not go off on an unrelated tangent. Thank you.
 

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What great way to kept them out of your town, just increase the minimum wage.


Walmart says it will cancel its plans to build three new stores in D.C. if local lawmakers approve a bill that would force the retailer to pay its employees at least $12.50 an hour.

Alex Barron, a regional general manager for Walmart U.S., writes in an op-ed published in the Washington Post Tuesday that the company feels the D.C. Council's proposed "living wage" legislation “would clearly inject unforeseen costs into the equation that will create an uneven playing field and challenge the fiscal health of our planned D.C. stores.”


Walmart currently has three other new stores under construction in the area, and Barron says those stores will also be jeopardized if the bill passes.




Read more: Walmart says it will kill plans to build 3 new stores if DC wage bill passes | Fox News







do you know how many jobs 6 Walmart stores would provide? do you know the youth unemployment rate in DC is at 50%? would you rather make 8.50 an hour or 0 an hour? you liberal are like a starving man that was given food and then he complains it was hamburger and not a steak

if i was Walmart i would say the hell with DC and go places where people appreciate the jobs and the low prices
 
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My guess to the Republican/conservative reaction to this news:

Despite the fact they constantly blast Obama for an economy with slumping take home pay and an increase of low wage jobs, Republicans/conservatives will now come out to gleefully point out how the liberal agenda is destroying the economy and taking away jobs.

That's merely a guess...let's see how it plays out.

They never let me down:

its wasn't an accident it was away to so call lower unemployment with out actually creating jobs instead of having one person working 40 hours a week you now have two working 20. also it was away to get more dependent on the government

is it better to have one person working a 40 hour week with benefits like insurance or two persons working 20 hours a week with no benefits? only democrats would want two at 20 with no benefits so more will be dependent on the government

do you know how many jobs 5 Walmart stores would provide? do you know the youth unemployment rate in DC is at 50%? would you rather make 8.50 an hour or 0 an hour? you liberal are like a starving man that was given food and then he complains it was hamburger and not a steak

if i was Walmart i would say the hell with DC and go places where people appreciates the jobs and the low prices


So we have one...we'll have to keep tabs on this.
 
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