Statement | Wages, Incomes, and Wealth

DC Mayor Gray Should Sign the Large Retailer Accountability Act: Statement from EPI President Lawrence Mishel

I strongly support the Large Retailer Accountability Act and urge Mayor Gray to sign it into law. When large retailers pay wages far below what families need to get by, it brings down the wages of workers across all sectors and forces workers to rely on Medicaid and other public assistance programs to make ends meet. Walmart and other large retailers can afford to pay workers more, but they don’t. Instead they have been a leader in driving down wages nationwide. Make no mistake, this bill is not about Walmart—it is about the role that workers play in our city and our nation. As the economy—and corporate profits—continue to grow, we must ensure that workers and indeed all citizens in the District benefit as well.

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