Is any kind of job creation for DC good job creation? It’s an important question to consider as DC leaders and residents wrestle with the prospect of Wal-Mart crossing over the District line into our city. Wal-Mart’s low prices are helpful to save money, but Wal-Mart’s low wages keep its hard-working employees in poverty, especially in high-cost urban areas like Washington. One way the District can make Wal-Mart’s entry into our city beneficial to both parties is for the District to sign a “Community Benefits Agreement” with the world’s most profitable corporation. The agreement, which is a legally enforceable contract, can hold Wal-Mart to a “living” wage as well as other compensation and hiring standards.
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