April 1, 2013
By Neal Tepel
Washington DC – UFCW Local 400 members and labor allies attend a hearing on the Large Retailer Accountability Act in Washington, D.C. March 27, 2013. Besides members of UFCW Several advocate organization attended the session including Respect DC, and the DC Labor Council.
The bill would require large retailers, those with stores over 75,000 square feet and over $1 billion in revenue, to pay the DC Living Wage and follow the First Source hiring law. It makes sure that big box retail is a better deal for D.C. by having residents share in the profits of large corporations like Walmart, Target, Home Depot, and Lowe’s that want to enter and expand in the city.
By supporting and approving this bill it's hoped that similar legislation will emerge in other major cities throughout the nation, bringing economic justice for workers at big box stores.