Minimum Wage Increase Stalls, but Debate Continues

Senate rules $15 hike has to be removed from the COVID relief package, as Costco announces a $16 starting wage and a poll finds half of small business owners say the legislation would have a negative impact on operations.


Biden Orders Review of U.S. Supply Chains as CBA Calls for National Supply-Chain Office

The Consumer Brands Association and a supply-chain trade group are calling for a national Office of Supply Chain as the president is expected sign an executive order calling for review of critical supply chains.

The Raise the Wage Act would force smaller retailers to employ fewer people, raise their prices or shut their doors, says NGA CEO Greg Ferrara.

While proponents of raising the pay threshold argue it would lift workers out of poverty, the National Grocers Association says it would harm small businesses and the Congressional Budget Office says it could cost 1.4 million Americans their jobs.

A Texas district court judge dismissed Walmart's lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Agency.

The Lempert Report: Changes include more federal food assistance, restoring school food standards and strengthening GMO labels.

In an executive order, the president also asks the U.S. Department of Agriculture to reassess the Thrifty Food Plan, the basis for determining SNAP; FMI and NGA commend president for his quick action to address food insecurity.

Association expresses it looks forward to working with the new administration as it offers details on issues such as employee tax relief, liability protection, SNAP assistance and minimum wage.

Among the groups condemning the violence, Business Roundtable calls out "danger to our democracy, our society and our economy."

The virtual meet-and-greet series looks to highlight critical issues and priorities for United Fresh member companies.

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