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DC wage law

Quote:Walmart says it will cancel its plans to build three new stores in D.C. if local lawmakers approve a bill that would force the retailer to pay its employees at least $12.50 an hour.
Alex Barron, a regional general manager for Walmart U.S., writes in an op-ed published in the Washington Post Tuesday that the company feels the D.C. Council's proposed "living wage" legislation “would clearly inject unforeseen costs into the equation that will create an uneven playing field and challenge the fiscal health of our planned D.C. stores.”
Walmart currently has three other new stores under construction in the area, and Barron says those stores will also be jeopardized if the bill passes.

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Regardless of what you think about Walmart....THIS is ridiculous. $12.50/hour for a Walmart employee who just got hired yesterday with no experience....REALLY????? Since when is working at Walmart supposed to be the kind of job that supports a whole family? If you want a job that supports a family, get a grant or do what you have to do to go to college....or work very hard from age 16 up and work your way up in a company...something! Instead of dumb down the wages!

I was talking to an older friend who is still in the workforce, who worked her way up from a secretary years ago to a quite lucrative position of authority today. No college, just hard work. She was telling me how that the current generation has no concept of working their way up from a low paying job to a higher paying one...they all just go into the workforce expecting to make big bucks, and nobody is willing to stick with a job and move slowly up the ladder.

The government is NOT helping that faulty mentality here. Appalling...I don't care if it's Walmart, McDonalds, or bagging groceries.... if you have an unskilled job, you do not deserve the same pay as others who have more skilled or long termed positions.

I wonder if the other employees will get a $4/raise under this ridiculous law?
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I can only point out that there is very little loyalty in corporate America today. It is difficult to start out low and work your way up the ladder. At least at one company. You'd be lucky to never be effected by a down sizing or layoff at some point along the way.

That said, I have no college education and have worked my way up to perhaps not a lucrative career, but I can make a living. I think in today's economy people have to start out low (even with a college education) and expect to learn what they can, then look for the next job that will teach them something new and provide a promotion at the same time. You can't get complacent in a job and just expect an annual pay raise and a promotion eventually. You've got to look for the opportunities to learn more and more, take on more responsibility in order to move up. It requires being willing to constantly step out of your comfort zone and try new things.

It is crazy to expect corporations to lose profits because they have to pay menial workers higher wages by the way. All those jobs should be replaced with automation and robotics in my opinion. Wink
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