Walmart is planning to open several stores in the District in the next few years. A bill introduced Tuesday by at-large Councilman Phil Mendelson would require companies with more than 75,000 square feet of retail space and at least $1 billion in annual revenues to pay their workers in the District a "living wage" and benefits. Companies that have collective bargaining agreements with their workers would be exempt.
The bill defines a "living wage" as $11.75, although Mendelson indicated that might be increased during as the legislation works its way through the committee process.
"This would protect the community from a race to the bottom in terms of wages," Mendelson said.