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DC Mayor Gray gets 'living wage' bill

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The bill requiring Wal-Mart and other large retailers to pay their employees at least $12.50 an hour has been delivered to DC Mayor Vincent Gray. Gray has ten days to make a decision. His spokesperson says Gray will not make an announcement until next week.

The council approved the bill July 10 on an 8-5 vote. Gray has reservations about the bill and is considering a veto, and nine votes would be needed 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.

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

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said, "Mayor Gray has ten business days to return the bill. However, the bill cannot be transmitted to
Congress for the required Congressional review until after that body returns next month from summer recess."

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