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Showdown over wages in District of Columbia offers lessons here

In Shirley Leung’s column “It’s time to say yes to Walmart” (Business, Aug. 2), she suggests welcoming Walmart into our city so long as they agree to decent wages for their workers, perhaps through a piece of legislation such as the living wage bill in the District of Columbia, which calls for big retailers like Walmart to pay their workers at least $12.50 an hour.

However, she failed to mention Walmart’s response to DC’s living wage bill: an ultimatum that it would withdraw plans for three stores there.

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