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DC Council to consider veto override on wage bill

7:00 AM, Sep 17, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The D.C. Council is preparing to vote on whether to override a mayoral veto and require Wal-Mart and other large retailers to pay their employees a "living wage" of at least $12.50 an hour.

The council approved the bill in July on an 8-5 vote. Mayor Vincent Gray vetoed it last week.

The council is set to meet Tuesday morning. It would take nine votes to override the veto, and none of the five councilmembers has indicated a willingness to change his or her vote.

The bill put Washington at the center of a national debate over compensation for low-wage workers and whether certain companies should be required to pay more. Gray, a Democrat, called it a "job killer" and said it would drive away Wal-Mart and several other retailers.

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