Stacy Mitchell Talks Living Wage & Walmart on Al Jazeera English

Date: 23 Jul 2013 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

placeholderILSR’s Stacy Mitchell joined 4 other guests on The Stream, broadcast on Al Jazeera English’s global television news network, for a lively half-hour discussion of Washington D.C.’s big-box living wage bill.

Show description: How is it possible to work full time but live in poverty? That’s the reality for millions of US workers whose paycheck fails to cover the basics – food, housing, transport. So are low-wage jobs simply too low? Some say yes and argue billion dollar corporations should be legally required to pay a living wage. But what is a living wage and is it fair to hold some businesses to a higher standard?

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to Daniel Bier (@AporeticDan), Executive Editor, Skeptical Libertarian; Antony Davies (@antonydavies), Associate Professor of Economics, Duquesne University; Stacy Mitchell (@stacyfmitchell), Senior Researcher, Institute for Local Self-Reliance; Martin Rafanan (@mjr9201), Community organiser, #STL735; and Dorian Warren (@dorianwarren), Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.

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Stacy Mitchell is co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its Independent Business Initiative, which produces research and designs policy to counter concentrated corporate power and strengthen local economies.