“Living Wages, Healthy Communities” is a coalition of grassroots-based organizations, pastors, workers, environmentalists, parents, students and community members concerned about the quality of life in DC’s communities and committed to securing decent, living wage jobs.
Walmart recently announced plans to open six stores in Washington, DC, one each in wards 5 and 6 and two in wards 4 and 7. We believe that each community should get to decide whether a Walmart is appropriate for their neighborhood.
We are working to educate community members about Walmart’s checkered track record of paying poverty-level wages, forcing competitors to close, causing a net loss of jobs, breaking its promises and multiple lawsuits alleging that the company discriminates against female employees and engages in wage theft, including the the largest sex discrimination class action in US history.
We want to ensure that no Walmart is built here unless the company shows that it respects DC by agreeing to an enforceable community benefits agreement guaranteeing that it will treat its workers with dignity, provide fulltime living wage jobs with affordable health and retirement benefits and help our neighborhoods improve their economic standing and quality of life.
Car Barn landmark request stalls work at Walmart site
Sept. 23, 2011 — The Northwest Current
11th-hour landmark appeal could put a wrench in Walmart’s plans
Sept. 13, 2011 — Washington City Paper
Walmart Critics Want “Community Benefits Agreement”
July 6, 2011 — The Final Call