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Chicagoans overwhelmingly favor wage and benefit standards for Wal-Mart and other “big-box” retailers, even if it places jobs at risk, according to a new poll commissioned by proponents to turn up the heat on the City Council.
Of the 500 registered voters surveyed last week, 84 percent want aldermen to require newly built and existing stores with at least 75,000 square feet of space owned by companies with $1 billion in annual gross revenues to pay employees who work more than five hours a week at least $10 an hour in wages and $3 an hour in benefits.
Wal-Mart said last week that Chicago could be home to as many as 20 new Wal-Mart stores over the next five years, but only if the big box ordinance is defeated. Sixty-nine percent of those surveyed believe that’s a chance worth taking. […]
The poll of 500 registered voters was conducted by Washington D.C.-based Lake Research Partners and was commissioned and funded by the Grassroots Collaborative, a coalition of community organizations in Chicago. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percent.
The 84 percent showing is identical to results of a March referendum on the issue in the 35th Ward.
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