On Wednesday, March 20th at 9am at the Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Room 500, the DC Council Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs, chaired by At-Large Council Member Vincent Orange, will be holding a hearing on the Large Retailer Accountability Act of 2013. We need you there! Arrive by 8am with an ID to make sure you get in the building in time for the hearing.

This legislation ensures that Large Retailers pay living wages and provide benefits to its employees.  The District Council wants to promote living wage jobs and benefits to help working families make ends meet, slow the erosion of living standards in the District, and provide economic development to meet the community’s needs for family‐supporting jobs.

The Act provides $11.75 as the hourly living wage rate, which increases in proportion to the increase in the Consumer Price Index each year, if any.  Benefits are those that may include health care, retirement security, disability, training and education, or paid leave.

Large retailers are stores that are 75,000 square feet or more and collect $1billion dollars in yearly sales.  Employees are those who work in the store and persons who work on or about the store for its benefit to include contactors, subcontractors, tenants, subtenants, licensees or sub licensees and their employees.

Join us at the Wilson Building on March 20th! Contact supportLRA2013@outlook.com for more information!

If you haven’t already, email your council members asking them to support the bill here. If you are not a DC resident, you can sign a petition in support here.

You can also contact the members of the committee that will be holding the hearing on the bill:

Vincent Orange  (202) 724‐8174  vorange@dccouncil.us

David Grosso   (202) 724‐8105 dgrosso@dccouncil.us

Jim Graham  (202) 724‐8181 jgraham@dccouncil.us

Mary M Cheh  (202) 724‐8062 mcheh@dccouncil.us

Yvette Alexander (202) 724‐8068 yalexander@dccouncil.us


8 Responses to Support the Large Retailer Accountability Act of 2013!

  1. Elizabeth Buchanan says:

    I hope the council passes this asap. This would be a huge boon to the DC economy by putting more money into the hands of working people–who will plow that money right back into the city.

  2. Robin Contee says:

    We must support Large Retailers Accountability Act 2013 because D.C. wages are not higher enough for America to survive on!!!

  3. Cathy Webb says:

    Help us please! I’m 61 going to nursing school,
    and trying to live on $8.85 an hour, 22 hours a week.
    That’s with over 2 years experience. Please, make these
    employers pay us. This is highway robbery!

  4. Jerome Bourgeois says:

    Everyone should be paid a fair wage to live at least a decent life and not have to worry about falling into poverty while they are working a full time job.

  5. Carol Spiegel says:

    A Fair wage is the way to build a great community. Not providing a Fair wage can destroy a community!
    It costs a lot to live in DC and huge retailers need to respect that and step up to the plate.

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