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In His Father’s Footsteps

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Mayor Richard M. Corleone Daley has vetoed the Chicago City Council’s ordinance that would have ensured a living wage for workers in big box stores like Walmart.

Daley has ridiculed the ordinance since the council passed it on a 35-to-14 vote in July. It requires Wal-Mart and similar big-box stores to pay all workers $13 in salary plus benefits by 2010. Daley and opposition aldermen have said it stifles development.

For his veto to survive, Daley will have to make a couple of guys offers they can’t refuse.

This is not the first time in history that a mayor of Chicago named Daley has stood in the way of progress. I am pretty sure, for exmple, that Daley the Elder never shared a Chicago style pizza with Martin Luther King.

Here is how describes a biography of Richard J. titled American Pharaoh: Mayor Richad J. Daley, His Battle for Chicago and the Nation;

But Daley’s was a complicated legacy. While filling Chicago with modern architecture and affecting national politics, he was also held responsible for the segregation and police brutality that tore the city apart during the late ’60s and early ’70s. Throughout the book, Cohen and Taylor remind readers that Daley’s real influence came from the powerful political machine he created. When he didn’t like guidelines from national agencies, for example, he went directly to the presidents he helped get elected. When he got bad local press, people lost their jobs and his neighbors marched in his support. When Martin Luther King Jr. came to town, he was greeted by a handpicked organization of African American leaders with strong ties to Daley’s machine. It’s startling to remember that this was simply a local office; the mayor’s loyalties and prejudices affected the entire country.

Of course, the battle for a living wage for everyone that works is already joined nationally. This latest skirmish is part of that effort and will not end it, whatever the outcome.

Written by slothropia

September 13th, 2006 at 10:01 am

Posted in Chicago,Wal-Mart