markUFCW Local 400 President Mark P. Federici issued the following statement in response to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray’s veto of the Large Retailer Accountability Act:

“With his veto, Mayor Gray showed that he stands with an Arkansas-based multinational giant raking in $16 billion in profits every year—not with Washington, D.C.’s working families, many of whose votes elected him to the office he currently holds.

“Equally disturbing, he apparently thinks so little of his constituents that he believes they’ll be happy with poverty jobs.

“Moreover, his veto commits District of Columbia taxpayers to subsidize the world’s largest corporation, because like so many of Walmart’s workers elsewhere, its D.C. employees will require Medicaid, food stamps and other forms of public support just to survive.

“On behalf of our 35,000 members, I urge the D.C. City Council to override this wrongheaded veto. In doing so, they will put in place a high-road economic development strategy based on the principle that every job should be a job you can raise a family on. And they will strike an urgently-needed blow for economic justice in the nation’s capital.”