June 22, 2010 (CHICAGO) --
A key vote is expected Thursday on whether to allow a Walmart store in the city's Pullman neighborhood on the South Side. Local unions oppose the move. They say the retailer does not pay high enough wages. Walmart has agreed to pay Chicago employees $8.75 an hour -- 50 cents above minimum wage. But labor leaders say it's not enough.
The mayor and many aldermen support the plan.
Walmart supporters demonstrated at City Hall Monday. They say the new stores would create thousands of jobs and generate nearly half a billion dollars in sales and property tax.
If the zoning committee approves the plan, tt could go before the full city council at the end of the month.