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Crain’s Chicago Business reports that “the first signs of a potential compromise are emerging in the political war between Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and union led advocates of a big-box minimum wage bill.

“Sources on both sides say they're willing to sit down and talk at length, and they raise the possibility of a deal in which Wal-Mart would get zoning approval needed for more Chicago stores in exchange for agreeing to support a wider minimum wage bill that applies to more than the super-sized retail outlets known as big boxes.”

Such a bill was passed by the Chicago City Council last year, requiring that Wal-Mart and other big box retailers to pay at least $10 an hour plus $3 an hour in fringe benefits, but then was vetoed by Mayor Richard Daley. And while tensions remain between the two sides of the issue, there seems to be some momentum toward reaching an agreement – Wal-Mart wants to have more stores in Chicago, and even union-backed politicians are uncomfortable with the notion of fighting against a retailer that can offer affordable merchandise and jobs to constituents.
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