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And this just in Wal-Mart is out the big retelling giving the nation's capital debate -- -- After the DC council gave -- an order height your minimum wage more than four bucks an hour hyped it more than four and -- fast.
Wal-Mart responding how -- we just take a hike and now.
Wal-Mart said -- DC council members voted to force big retailers to up their minimum wage to 1250 an hour.
It would have to up and leave and that would be too costly apparently it wasn't just the threat because.
Now Wal-Mart says it's ditching DC expansion plans in their tracks halting constructions of three stores in the works and rethinking.
Three other stores now it's still possible DC's mayor could put it Abacha all -- -- Vetoing the council's measure but it might already be too late council members who had wanted the big box stores to pay up.
Might just have put themselves in an even bigger box but DC councilman.
-- former mayor Marion Barry doesn't see it that way at all he says he voted allowed yes on the living wage bill welcome mayor so tell us about it what makes you think.
1215 powerful Wal-Mart.
Is -- -- I don't know solve the DC employment problems.
For drug and put this in context -- For a long time these big box.
-- interest in -- -- They were interest in this suburban.
And -- augment.
To -- them myself.
I've been a strong advocate of label.
Hopes sixteen years it may down ahead.
No not the name of peace.
And so they enable moving in Washington.
Is not different in those in the suburbs than those in.
Small -- areas.
And sickening and -- urban market.
Jobs and number one issue.
Oh let's start there let's stop you right -- like I'm glad you brought up a jobs.
The -- jobs created by constructing at least three may get to six Wal-Mart some superstores.
Are indeed thousands -- the jobs.
The permit employees of these three -- six stores could be upwards of 4000.
We're talking major economic development for the DC area that frankly needs it sure why would you vote -- to stop.
First of all of -- minimum wage in Washington.
If they between -- yes sir -- dollar bug bit fairer way -- up and two we have very hack.
Unemployment rate here -- and we see it to Obama.
And renegotiating the bill.
Korea fifty is that they relate to but -- -- -- and I don't let don't let that stop you certainly don't mean to have telling me.
If the minimum wage in DC.
Is higher than the national average and your unemployment rate is higher than the national average what you're tell me now raised that -- that memo from Wal-Mart specifically.
Raise it even more do you not see the tie between if the -- and oranges and lord -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- and the numbers which he gets up and invest in -- thousand dollars.
If you take the Maryland may relate to -- support very shot link is 26000 dollars.
In Washington he cannot -- on 40000 dollars a fan.
And -- -- which Reid -- deploy.
I met with all not -- on Tuesday.
And we came who doesn't have news for yet with the news we have a -- and came with those -- diligently.
The sir I don't so we got a three way.
It separate but you're right we have no we we spoke -- -- -- -- we put up the screen we we have of a Wal-Mart spokesman saying that.
They're going to rethink the three jobs that they've already -- -- likely not pursue style and capital gateway and New York avenue and we'll start to review the financial legal implications.
Of the three stores already under construction sir that could be six Wal-Mart stores that could be thousands of jobs that could be billions of dollars in revenue or if I don't make him you know get his Americans you know in -- that -- say don't buy.
Get a job it in -- price.
We don't get a job -- in a price what really tipped me over the edge the fact that wall mutt was picking us up.
Press if you don't do this oh we're going to do that really leave here supposedly did ours is -- debt.
They're coming to -- -- -- on on an error marry you and we don't hear you invited.
You voted to raise the minimum wage for specifically bigs big box retailers not.
Not for union shops not for union shops -- I got to -- it you know your your censored today your fine today.
For some things that it's frankly I would -- -- -- should be thrown off the city council for you wanna talk.
Other permanent I'm not talking my I'm talking in my blog Meyer and the fact that they have held us hostage we -- -- won't take it.
And -- they wanted to.
The amount I think those are all they respect all different way to lose a lot of credibility with our viewers went on one hand you're being censored and -- for for for.
Taking some money and he's -- -- -- and -- you -- -- -- -- -- -- vote against bringing thousands of jobs the city.
Welcome to to Washington DC which frankly needs you look at unemployment rate for teams in DC as it's above 30% sir that's right -- it is all over urban America.
I'm in new credit -- do you and your views but I don't have gay community.
And members may have -- Sixteen years and I'm here for years and I've been is been insist they're doing.
Years trying to bring dignity and Preston Blair -- this -- to -- -- how do you answer the question where Wal-Mart is gonna be it it.
Is -- the -- the current mayor doesn't veto this legislation the Wal-Mart will be required to pay minimum wage of twelve dollars and fifty cents an hour yet a grocery store.
Big grocery store that competes with Wal-Mart for groceries that's unionized.
Doesn't have that same law applied to them they can still Gordy -- corner like that the rest of the city they cannot go in a corner they -- -- in -- If you're taking a national as a -- and -- -- That wages have -- book.
-- -- -- They could -- get away with that kind of what it's not that they can do whatever way it or not they're the requirement the law is for Wal-Mart big box retailers like we had -- act to go to twelve that any debt that same enrolled at something I understand it and you don't have to -- -- it definitely instead of -- And -- here shops.
Connected -- and -- taking a wage up beyond Korea fifty and secondly.
-- we had eight votes.
And we matters -- Two of sand is if he doesn't -- it.
Would be another vote -- -- -- erratic.
And not what I don't like is being stepped up.
Aren't -- -- -- hostage mayor put it mayor put your round mayor we did have to leave it there this mayor Marion former mayor Marion America current Washington DC council member.
Voted for the Wal-Mart living wage law thank you very much sir.
Thank you very much.
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