Chicago is home to a single Walmart store and the battle to build more has gone on for years. Local union leaders have expressed concerns about salaries and benefits offered by the retailer. But some have argued the city can’t afford to pass on the jobs that Walmart would create and the tax revenue stores would generate.
On Thursday a deal was announced to build a second store in Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood on the far south side. The agreement came after Walmart agreed to pay workers $8.75 an hour, that’s 50-cents per hour above the minimum wage.
“Organized labor’s never been against jobs. Jobs are what we fight for day in and day out. But a good paying job is something that we all strive for,” said Dennis Gannon, Chicago Federation of Labor.
21st Ward Alderman Howard Brookins was the guest on Newsviews to discuss these developments and what they could mean for additional stores in the city.
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WATCH: Alderman Howard Bookins on Newsviews