Current members of the Living Wages, Healthy Communities Coalition are the DC Employment Justice Center, DC Environmental Network, DC Federation of Civic Associations, DC Jobs with Justice, DC Jobs Council, Florida Avenue Baptist Church, Gray Panthers of Metro Washington, Israel Baptist Church, New Prospect Family Life Center, Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, Restaurant Opportunities Center of DC, UFCW Local 400, Ward Four Thrives, and Wider Opportunities for Women.
Walmart wants to open four stores in DC. But, will it operate like it does in Arkansas and elsewhere, playing poverty-level wages with few benefits, driving competitors out of business, forcing the loss of better jobs, and sending our communities deeper into poverty? Or will it respect its workers and its new neighbors for a change?
You can help answer these questions by telling your City Council members to demand that Walmart sign an enforceable Community Benefits Agreement guaranteeing that it will treat its workers with dignity, economic standing and quality of life.