Who will ensure Walmart holds up its end of last week's tenuous agreement that apparently cleared the way for a second Chicago store? Ald. Howard Brookins Jr. (21st Ward), an ardent supporter of Walmart's proposed Chicago expansion, says that the City Council will be on the case. "They need to live up to what they agreed to," he said during an appearance on WLS' NewsViews broadcast yesterday. " And if they don't, then all of us [aldermen] -- and I think all 50 of us -- will step in and try to do something to resolve those issues." Watch it (full video available here):
The full council is expected to vote on the Pullman development project this Wednesday and, when they do, the public deserves to hear aldermen's specific plans for holding the retailer accountable. After all, the deal is not legally-binding, Walmart isn't acknowledging that they made any wage concessions, and the mega-retailer has historically been very secretive about its wage data in the past.