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Mayor Gray vetoes ‘living wage’ bill aimed at Wal-Mart, setting up decisive council vote : Washington Post

By Mike DeBonis

District Mayor Vincent C. Gray vetoed legislation Thursday that would force the city’s largest retailers to pay a super-minimum wage to their workers, ending two months of uncertainty over the controversial bill’s fate and setting up a decisive override vote at the D.C. Council as early as Tuesday.

The debate over the bill, the Large Retailer Accountability Act, has polarized local leaders while garnering national attention and putting focus on the low wages many retail chains pay their workers.

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Governor says he backs California minimum wage hike : L.A. Times

By Marc Lifsher

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown says he supports a bill in the Legislature that would boost the California minimum wage next year and in 2016 by a total of $2 an hour.

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Pay Gap Between 1 Percent And Everybody Else Reaches Record : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON — The income gap between the richest 1 percent and the rest of America last year reached the widest point since the Roaring Twenties.

The top 1 percent of U.S. earners collected 19.3 percent of household income in 2012, their largest share since 1928. And the share held by the top 10 percent of earners last year reached a record 48.2 percent.

U.S. income inequality has been growing for almost three decades. But it grew again last year, according to an analysis of IRS figures dating to 1913 by economists at the University of California, Berkeley, the Paris School of Economics and Oxford University.

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Wal-Mart and Washington D.C. in minimum wage showdown : Reuters

By Ian Simpson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray could decide as early as this week whether to sign a minimum wage bill that could discourage Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the world’s biggest retailer, from opening stores in the U.S. capital.

The bill, approved by the City Council two months ago, would require big retailers to pay a 50 percent premium on the local minimum wage of $8.25 per hour, with backers saying that Wal-Mart and others can easily afford it to get into the District of Columbia’s fast-growing market.

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Boosting the minimum wage: a long, uphill fight : NBC News

In the ongoing war to boost the federal minimum wage, the skirmishes have been getting larger and louder, yet success seems as far away as ever.

The latest round of protests Thursday targeted Wal-Mart, with organizers turning out crowds of varying sizes in 15 cities across the country demanding the world’s largest retailer pay all employees at least $25,000 a year and stop what they claim is retaliation against strikers. Two former Wal-Mart workers and one current employee were arrested in New York outside the Manhattan office of investment banker Christopher Williams, a member of the Wal-Mart board of directors.

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100 Walmart Workers Arrested In Nationwide Protests : Buzzfeed

On Thursday, Walmart workers in more than a dozen cities protested for fair wages, and 100 arrests were made in 11 cities. Among the first arrests were three strikers — or “cast members,” as one Walmart spokesman called them — who were arrested in New York City for attempting to meet with an executive.

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