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After ‘Living Wage’ Veto, Wal-Mart Gets Back to Work in DC

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Two Wal-Mart hiring centers will open in D.C. on Sept. 23 following the demise of the Large Retailer Accountability Act earlier this week.

On Tuesday, the D.C. Council failed to override Mayor Vincent Gray’s Sept. 12 veto of the controversial legislation, which would have required non-union District retailers with a parent company making more than $1 billion per year and occupying at least 75,000 square feet to pay its employees a minimum of $12.50 per hour.

Wal-Mart, an outspoken opponent of the bill, announced in July that it would scrap plans for some of the stores planned for D.C. if the bill became a law.

Three Wal-Mart stores are already being built, but Wal-Mart spokesman Steve Restivo said in a statement that the company would “review the financial and legal implications on the three stores already under construction,” as well.

On Thursday, Wal-Mart announced that it is expediting the plans for two of its D.C. stores with the hopes that they will both open before the end of the year.

The hiring centers opening Sept. 23 will be located at 900 2nd St. NE and 7818 Eastern Ave. NW, for the planned H street and Georgia Avenue locations, respectively. Both centers will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Applications will also be accepted online.

Although the Large Retailer Accountability Act has met its end, some members of the D.C. Council say they will introduce legislation to raise the city’s across the board minimum wage. Current minimum wage in the city is $8.25. Federal minimum wage is $7.25.

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