Where power lies

This is interesting.

CHICAGO (Reuters)—Chicago’s city council Wednesday passed one of the nation’s strictest “living wage” laws, requiring large retailers to pay escalating hourly wages and benefits.

Opponents said they would challenge the ordinance in court, arguing that it unfairly singles out retailing giants with more than $1 billion in sales, such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Target Corp.

The ordinance, which was approved by a 35-to-14 vote of the city’s aldermen, would require large retailers to pay a starting salary of at least $9.25 an hour and benefits of $1.50, escalating to $10 in wages and $3 in benefits by 2010 with cost-of-living increases beyond that.

I have always wondered if the differences between U.S. and Canadian municapality authority has any impact on outcomes. In the U.S., cities can levy income taxes, vehicle taxes, sales taxes, etc. etc. etc. It would seem, based on this article, that at least one U.S. city can actually set wage rates.

Canadian municapalities have far less direct control over their destiny.

I still don’t know if this means anything.