I’m shocked, are you? From the Washington Post:
In 2011, the numbers and timing finally clicked for Washington: Wal-Mart committed to building its first stores in the city.
Now, as the D.C. Council moves toward a final vote Wednesday on a measure that would force Wal-Mart to pay workers at least $12.50 an hour — a substantial premium over the city’s $8.25 minimum wage — the retailer is crying foul, protesting that it made the six-store deal based on current business conditions with no expectation that those conditions might change dramatically before the first store opens.
But wait, here’s reality (boldface mine):
Wal-Mart executives and lobbyists have repeatedly assured D.C. leaders that the company intends to pay its workers in the city at least as much as the council’s “living wage” legislation would force them to — and possibly more.
More than a year ago, a senior Wal-Mart executive, Tony Waller, told a group of D.C. clergymen that the company would pay District employees a starting salary higher than the amount now proposed by the D.C. Council, according to two people who were at the meeting…
“They promised they were going to start people at $13 an hour, and they said that over and over and over,” said the Rev. Graylan Hagler, senior pastor at Plymouth Congregational Church in Northeast Washington.
Wal-Mart spokesman Steven Restivo confirmed that the company plans to pay D.C. workers at least what it says it now pays full-time employees in suburban Virginia — an average of $12.39 an hour. He nonetheless called the council’s initiative an unfair bait-and-switch tactic.
The brazenness of Wal-Mart’s lying is impressive in an evil sort of way: engage in a bait-and-switch and then accuse the victims of doing ss. They clearly didn’t think they would get called on this. Surprisingly, the Washington Post names specific Wal-Mart executives.
Though I don’t know why D.C. officials and leaders believed Wal-Mart in the first place–this is just par for the course.