Respect DC Campaign

Respect DC is part of the “Living Wages, Healthy Communities,” a coalition of grassroots-based organizations, pastors, workers, environmentalists, parents, students and community members concerned about the quality of life in DC’s communities and committed to securing decent, living wage jobs.

Walmart recently announced plans to open four, now six stores in Washington, D.C., in wards 4, 5, 6 and 7. We believe that each community should get to decide whether a Walmart is appropriate for the neighborhood.

Respect DC is working to educate community members about Walmart’s checkered track record of paying poverty-level wages, forcing competitors to close, causing a net loss of jobs, breaking its promises, and multiple lawsuits alleging that the company discriminates against female employees and engages in wage theft, including the the largest sex discrimination class action in U.S history.

Respect DC wants to ensure that no Walmart is built here unless the company shows that it respects DC by agreeing to an enforceable community benefits agreement guaranteeing that it will treat its workers with dignity, provide full-time living wage jobs with affordable health and retirement benefits, and help our DC neighborhoods improve their economic standing and quality of life.

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