Target: Washington, DC City Council
Goal: Thank Washington, DC lawmakers for their higher minimum wage requirements for big-box retailers
Despite dangerous calls from extreme rightwing politicians to eliminate the minimum wage altogether, one major city is leading a push for a true working wage. Washington, DC lawmakers passed a critical regulation in their new, tax-lowering budget: a massive increase to the city’s minimum wage requirement for the District’s big-box retailers.
The Large Retailer Accountability Act (LRAA), as Next City reports, “will now require non-union big-box stores… to pay employees a living wage of no less than $12.50 an hour, a good $4.25 more than [DC’s] minimum wage of $8.25. The regulations only apply to stores with spaces of 75,000 square feet or more,” including leading national retailers like Target and Walmart.
The effect of this new legislation is doubly positive. First, in mandating a true living wage for DC’s very high cost of living, hourly employees will face fewer hardships than their peers outside the District. Second, and a more subtle point, is that these regulations may encourage stores to downsize their footprints and opt for more urban-scale, sustainable locations.
Sign this petition thanking the Washington, DC City Council for promoting both living wages for hourly employees and a more-sustainable urban environment.
Dear Washington, DC Council Members,
In light of Washington, DC’s $400 million budget surplus, your revised budget includes both a widely-reaching tax cut and an innovative new regulation for large retailers in the District: an increased mandatory minimum wage of $12.50 per hour. With the cross-pressures of the District’s astronomical cost of living and increasing efforts by big-box retailers to gain ground in the retail market, this is a sensible and socially responsible compromise.
The effect of this new regulation is doubly positive. First, in mandating a true living wage for DC’s very high cost of living, hourly employees will face relatively fewer hardships than their peers outside the District. Second, and a more subtle point, these regulations may encourage stores to downsize their footprints and opt for more urban-scale, sustainable locations. With traditional big-box retailers such as Target and Walmart pursuing expansion plans for the city, the new legislation may even prompt greater tailoring of goods and services to meet the specific needs of DC residents.
Thank you for this innovative, socioeconomically empowering legislative compromise.
[Your Name Here]
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