Fifty-one days after the D.C. Council passed the Large Retailer Accountability Act—-otherwise known as the Walmart living wage bill—-Council ChairmanPhil Mendelson has sent the bill to Mayor Vince Grayfor his signature.
Gray received the bill around 3:20 p.m., according to mayoral spokesman Pedro Ribeiro.
With that wait over, another one can start. The mayor has 10 business days to veto or sign the legislation. With the Labor Day weekend, that means that Gray has until Monday, Sept. 16.
The next step is for the mayor’s staff to review the bill’s language and ensure that it hasn’t been changed. “We have to do our due diligence,” Ribeiro says.
Update, 9:40 p.m.: In a letter to Gray attached with the bill (below), Mendelson ties his request for the mayor to sign the bill with the week’s March on Washington commemoration.
This past week you and I attended several events related to the 1963 March on Washington. One of the nine printed goals of that March was an increase in the minimum wage. The cry for freedom and justice recognized that economic equality is essential, too. The demand in 1963 was for a $2 minimum wage. What is $2 in 1963 worth today? $15.27. If Dr. King thought $15.27 an hour was n ended for the dream, the least we can do is $12.50.
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