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Mart asked to make major concessions

Wal Mart is being hit by a range of demands, including training programs, transportation improvements and support for small businesses.

This week those requests will be put in writing, as a coalition of partners behind the "Respect DC" campaign plan to unveil at a Thursday press conference a three page tally of
wholesale Michael Kors handbags outlet community benefits they want Wal Mart to provide. residents for 75 percent of the 1,200 jobs it expects to create and finance transportation improvements, training programs for prospective workers, support for small businesses and other benefits. represents an opportunity to organize the city’s residents and demand more from companies that operate in their communities.

"This is not about picking on Wal Mart," said Marina Streznewski, coordinator of the DC Jobs Council, an alliance of nonprofits focused on job training. "It’s about doing what’s best for the residents of the District of Columbia."

Real estate developers in the
Michael Kors handbags outlet District commonly submit to community benefits agreements as concessions when seeking zoning changes or other approvals. Some developers have paid for improvements to neighborhood facilities like parks and roads, or made contributions to charities or schools.

Last year, as it announced plans to open dozens of stores in Chicago, Wal Mart agreed to pay an hourly minimum of $8.75, hire local residents and make as much as $20 million in charitable contributions. In Washington, the company has begun donating to local charities, including more than $2 million
wholesale Michael Kors handbags outlet in fiscal 2010, and expressed interest in contributing further to workforce development efforts, including possibly with the University of the District of Columbia.

It’s unclear what Wal Mart would agree to, especially
Michael Kors handbags outlet given how little it needs from the city government in order to open the four stores, on Georgia and New Jersey avenues in NW, New York Avenue NE and East Capitol Street. Council. The company says the stores would create
Cheap Michael Kors handbags 1,200 jobs with
cheap Michael Kors handbags outlet competitive wages and offer fresh groceries and
cheap Michael Kors handbags outlet other goods at low prices. Council bills could affect Wal Mart’s plans by requiring community benefits agreements or certain wages, but Mackenzie Baris, lead organizer for DC Jobs With Justice, said the the coalition wasn’t waiting around for council action.

"We really believe that a voluntary community benefits agreement is important regardless of the legislation," she said. workers at least $12 per hour, it would cost the company about 1 percent of its annual sales.

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