Large retailers have killed a proposed ordinance that could have imposed minimum wage and benefits mandates on their stores in Chicago.
Members of the Chicago City Council passed a “big box” ordinance in July, but Chicago Mayor Richard Daley vetoed the bill Monday.
Members of the City Council voted 31-18 Wednesday for overturning the veto, but ordinance supporters needed 34 votes to overcome the veto, officials say.
The ordinance would have required stores with more than 90,000 square feet of space owned by companies with annual gross revenues greater than $1 billion to pay their employees at least $9.25 an hour beginning in July 2007.
The large retailers also would have had to pay fringe benefits of $1.50 an hour. The minimum amount for fringe benefits would have risen to $3 per hour in July 2010.
Daley argues in an explanation of his veto that passing the amendment would have pushed big retailers to the suburbs without doing much to improve working conditions in Chicago.