A bill that would require the District’s largest retailers to pay their employees a super-minimum wage was sent to Mayor Vincent C. Gray Friday for his signature or veto, more than seven weeks after the D.C. Council gave it final approval.
Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) transmitted the bill shortly after 3 p.m., accompanied by a letter urging Gray to sign the bill.
“Good wages are about respect,” Mendelson wrote. “. . . The District needs jobs, but they should be decent jobs with decent wages.”
Gray now has 10 business days to sign or veto the bill, which has become part of a national debate over low-wage jobs and Wal-Mart, the mega-retailer that is seeking to open stores in the city and has strenuously opposed the bill. Advocates on both sides of the debate have been active in recent weeks, seeking to influence the mayor’s decision.
Spokesman Pedro Ribeiro said Friday it would be “several days” before Gray announces his decision. Given the council’s long delay in sending the bill, he said, “I think folks can hold on for a few days.”