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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - wal-mart stores inc.
Mayor Vincent C. Gray cut a ceremonial ribbon Wednesday morning marking the opening of the first Wal-Mart in the District alongside one of the principal challengers for his job next year.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is upping the ante on holiday shopping. The world's largest retailer is pulling forward by nearly a month seven big deals on items like TVs and tablets that were originally reserved for the day after Thanksgiving and so-called Cyber Monday.
D.C. Council members on Tuesday failed to garner enough support to override the mayor's veto of the Large Retailer Accountability Act, which would have increased wages at large stores — most notably Wal-Mart.
Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Thursday vetoed a bill that would raise the minimum wage at many large retail stores, setting up a crucial vote next week in the D.C. Council where proponents of the bill do not appear to have the support to override it.
A Wal-Mart employee a New York store was sent packing after his bosses noticed comments he posted on his Facebook page that were deemed derogatory to Muslims.
A "living wage" bill that has sparked a running tiff between Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and D.C. lawmakers is expected to reach the desk of Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Friday.
It's high drama and riveting politics these days as Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the nation's most thoroughly red-state retailer, charges deep into blue-state territory in its efforts to expand beyond its comfortably established realm in rural America and suburbia by moving into the often hostile territory of inner cities.
Legislation that would raise the minimum hourly wage at certain large retailers in the District — and could jeopardize Wal-Mart's development plans in the city — is in limbo more than a month after it passed.
Whether it's political strategy or part of the bureaucratic process, the wait for a possible veto fight over D.C. legislation that raises minimum hourly wages at large retail stores could stretch to summer's end.
Business leaders from six national companies are requesting D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray veto legislation that would raise minimum hourly wages at large retail stores.
Representatives from six national businesses sent a letter to D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Wednesday urging him to veto "misguided" legislation that would raise minimum hourly wages at large retail stores.
D.C. residents, stakeholders and Wal-Mart executives alike are eager to see whether Mayor Vincent C. Gray will sign or veto a contentious bill that raises the minimum hourly wages at large retail stores — but they could be waiting awhile.
Some of the nation’s biggest retailers signed on to a new five-year safety pact Wednesday that calls for inspecting every Bangladesh factory within a year, a decision spurred by the collapse of a garment plant in April killed 1,129 workers and a November factory fire that killed 112.
The D.C. Council on Wednesday gave final approval to a bill that would raise by 50 percent the minimum wage that certain large retailers would be required to pay, setting up a showdown with Wal-Mart officials who have threatened to alter their plans for six stores in the District if the measure passed.
Kroger, already the country's largest traditional supermarket operator, is expanding its reach in key Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states by snapping up regional grocer Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc.