Md. Wants Wal-Mart To Pay Fair Wages | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Md. Wants Wal-Mart To Pay Fair Wages

Play associated audio

By Cathy Duchamp

Baltimore was the first city in the nation to require businesses with city contracts to pay workers a so-called living wage.

This week efforts are underway to apply that law to Walmart, which wants to open a store in the city.

Matthew Weinstein works for the pro-labor group Progressive Maryland.

The way Weinstein sees it, Walmart has saturated the suburbs, and needs new stores in cities in order to grow: "And they can have a crack at it if they will abide by the community standards that we are fighting for," he says.

This week, Weinstein will lobby the Baltimore Planning Commission to make zoning approval for a retail site contingent on a living-wage agreement.

If Walmart wants to build on the site, it would have to pay workers close to $11 an hour.

Weinstein says that would boost the purchasing power of Baltimore citizens.

Opponents say it will keep new businesses away.

NPR

From 'Dragon Tattoo' To The 'Spider's Web': Stieg Larsson's Heroine Returns

The late Stieg Larsson's Millennium series of novels is getting an addition, The Girl in the Spider's Web. The book, written by David Lagercrantz, just got its title and a U.S. release date: Sept. 1.
NPR

Our Food-Safety System Is A Patchwork With Big Holes, Critics Say

More than a dozen federal agencies play a part in keeping food from making Americans sick. Critics say the system has gaps, and we'd all be safer if federal food safety efforts were under one roof.
WAMU 88.5

Hogan's Promise To Cut Maryland Taxes Curbed By Lawmakers

In his campaign last year, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan pledged to cut taxes in the state, but so far only two minor measures have made it out of committee.

NPR

If Drones Make You Nervous, Think Of Them As Flying Donkeys

In Africa, where there aren't always roads from point A to point B, drones could take critical medicines to remote spots. But the airborne vehicles make people uneasy for lots of reasons.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.