The D.C. Council is giving preliminary approval to a bill that would require large retailers like Walmart and Target to pay their employees at least $12.50 an hour. The bill was amended to apply only to stores doing business in spaces of 75,000 square feet or more. Before the amendment, it would have applied to companies with yearly sales exceeding $1 billion.
Worker advocates and labor unions backed the bill, saying employees of major chain stores should earn a "living wage." Walmart and other business groups oppose the bill. The city's minimum wage is $8.25 an hour.
Walmart has announced plans to open six stores in the city, and it wasn't immediately clear if the bill would affect those plans.