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'Walmart Bill' To Reach Gray's Desk On Friday

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Walmart has threatened to pull three of six planned stores in D.C. if a law mandating that it pay employees $12.50 an hour takes effect.
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Walmart has threatened to pull three of six planned stores in D.C. if a law mandating that it pay employees $12.50 an hour takes effect.

The chairman of the D.C. Council says a bill requiring Walmart and other large retailers to pay their employees at least $12.50 an hour will be on Mayor Vincent Gray's desk by Friday.

The Council approved the bill on July 10 on an 8-5 vote. Gray has said that he has reservations about the bill and is considering a veto, but hasn't yet made a decision. Were he to veto the bill, the Council would need nine votes for an override.

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson says he held up the bill so the mayor would have time to hear from union leaders and others opposed to it. Mendelson was also concerned that if Gray received the bill earlier, he would not be able to quickly bring his Council colleagues back into session in time to override the veto. The Council has been on a two-month summer recess since July.

The bill applies to retailers with stores of 75,000 square feet or larger and annual corporate sales of at least $1 billion. Walmart has said it won't build three of six planned stores in the city if it becomes law.

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