As Wal-Mart Pursues D.C. Store

July 27, 2010  |  

(Washington Post) — Organized labor has begun an assault on Wal-Mart’s employment practices as the company moves to open its first D.C. store.

In a survey commissioned by the retailer’s chief opponent, the United Food & Commercial Workers, and released July 21, D.C. voters were asked whether they would support requiring a big-box chain such as Wal-Mart to submit to a list of requirements in order to open a D.C. store.

Among them: pay at least $12 per hour for entry-level employees, designate 75 percent of jobs for full-time work, commit to recruiting local residents for jobs and donate any tax breaks it potentially receives to charitable causes.

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