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Walmart recently announced plans to build four stores in the District of Columbia. While the company promises to create jobs and respond to local needs, there is little in Walmart's history to suggest it will follow through.  

Additionally, Walmart is notorious for driving a global race to the bottom when it comes to wages and worker rights. For example, in Bangladesh, Walmart has lobbied against wage increases and not done enough to improve safety conditions which most recently led to the tragic death of scores of factory workers.

D.C. residents support a living wage and people nationwide don't define the types of jobs Walmart offers as "good jobs." Write to the DC City Council and Mayor Elect and demand better! Tell them no Walmart.

 

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Letter to
DC Councilmember Michael A. Brown
DC Councilmember Tommy Wells
DC Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr.
and 10 others
DC Councilmember Mary Cheh
DC Councilmember Jim Graham
DC Councilmember Kwame Brown
DC Councilmember David Catania
DC Councilmember Jack Evans
DC Councilmember Marion Barry
DC Councilmember Phil Mendelson
DC Councilmember Muriel Bowser
Mayor Vince Gray
DC Councilmember Yvette Alexander
I am greatly concerned to hear the announcement that Walmart is trying to build four stores in Washington DC, and was even more concerned to see that many members of the DC City Council had not challenged Walmart.

Walmart has a long history of pushing down retail wages and pushing out locally owned businesses. A serious consequence of Walmart stores is a downward slide to poverty jobs, jobs that pay below the poverty line and don't lift communities up. These jobs do more harm than good, lowering standards in our community and hurting other employers.

Additionally, the company is notorious for driving a global race to the bottom for wages and worker rights. Advocates in South Africa just formed a national coalition to stop Walmart's expansion to their country. In Bangladesh, Walmart lobbied against a wage increase for some of the lowest paid garment workers in the world and the company has not effectively engaged suppliers to ensure safe working conditions which most recently led to the death of scores of workers when a fire broke out in their factory.

It is clear that Walmart needs to gain access to DC, their domestic sales have been down for years. City Councilmembers have a responsibility to make sure that any new jobs that come to the District meet the standards that we have in our community and workers demand around the world: jobs that offer respect and dignity to workers, make sure they have a voice in their workplace, and offer a career for long-term employees.