Wal-Mart defeats Maryland, but not Chicago

Recently defeated legislation that would require big box stores to provide health care to employees was passed yesterday afternoon when the Chicago City Council passed legislation requiring “big box” stores, like Wal-Mart and Home Depot, to pay a minimum wage of $10 an hour by 2010, along with at least $3 an hour worth of benefits. The ordinance, imposing the requirement on stores that occupy more than 90,000 square feet and are part of companies grossing more than $1 billion annually, is the first in the country to single out large retailers for wage rules.
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