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The store in the Chatham neighborhood on the city's South Side was long-delayed by a political fight that pitted the world's largest retailer against labor unions demanding Wal-Mart pay a livable wage.
Approval of the Wal-Mart came after labor unions and the retailer reached a deal that calls for the retailer to pay Chicago employees at least $8.75 an hour, which is 50 cents above Illinois' minimum wage.
But since the groundbreaking of the West Chatham store last summer, Ald. Howard Brookings (21st) has maintained that in this economy some jobs are better than no jobs.
"Walmart came to the table and made a concession that they're paying at least 50 percent an hour higher than the minimum wage here in Illinois," Brookings said last summer, "which is really comparable to many of the union shops, the Jewel and the Dominicks."
Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel were expected to appear at the opening, but both canceled.
Originally posted by Starchild23
reply to post by ripcontrol
Are they TRYING to get robbed?
You know they'll lose more than they make there...people will walk in and waltz out, either by gun or by stealth.
“And so I went through the looking glass, stepped into the netherworld, where up is down and food is greed, where convex mirrors cover the walls, where death is honor and flesh is weak. It is ever so easy to go. Harder to find your way back.”