One day after the D.C. Council voted unanimously to increase D.C.’s minimum wage to $11.50 an hour, one of the nation’s highest, the city’s first two Walmarts will open their doors.
Five days after Black Friday, it’ll be Wal-Mart Wednesday in the District of Columbia.
Two Wal-Mart hiring centers will open in D.C. September 23 following the death of the Large Retailer Accountability Act earlier this week.
While the fate of six Wal-Mart stores planned for D.C. remains unclear, a 2013 study says the company could cost taxpayers between $3,015 and $5,815 per employee per year because of publicly funded benefit programs its employees are eligible for.
AutoZone, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Macy’s, Target and Walgreens have joined Wal-Mart in officially opposing a D.C. bill that would require some large retailers in the city to pay their workers more.
Big-box stores in the District would have to pay employees a lot more than the current city-wide minimum wage under a bill that passed in the D.C. Council Wednesday.
A rally is being held downtown on Tuesday in support of raising the federal minimum wage.