According to Working America’s piece on Daily Kos yesterday afternoon, “Walmart, the country’s largest private employer and huge wielder of political influence, is taking on their greatest challenge yet: A college junior writing an op-ed in her student newspaper.”
In Walmart’s tireless effort to convince (or some might say coerce) Washington DC’s Mayor Vincent Gray into vetoing the recently passed living wage bill, Walmart has turned its typical bullying tactics on Georgetown student Erin Riordan for her piece in the school’s paper. The company unleashed none other than that Senior Director of Communications Steve Restivo to take on the challenge. Restivo drafted his own op-ed in response.
This is just the latest tactic of Walmart’s dirty attempts to bully DC out of the living wage. In March, Walmart started organizing and leafleting under the guise of a broader coalition called “Don’t Block DC Progress.” One interesting fact about the coalition is that apparently Walmart is the only self-identified public member.