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HAPPENINGS AFFECTING OUR INDUSTRY


Hundreds Arrested As Fast Food Workers Strike Nationwide For $15 Minimum Wage Hike
September 4 marked a nationwide protest coordinated by Fight for $15, a union-backed campaign in which workers are demanding a $15 wage and union recognition. With the support of local labor and community groups, workers have been taking part in a series of intermittent one-day strikes in various cities over the past two years, shaming big fast-food companies over low pay and irregular hours.
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Big Food To Divulge Chemical Info
Food companies are trying to beat the federal government's push to make chemicals in food more transparent. The Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents America's biggest food companies, announced a major new initiative that will give the Food and Drug Administration access to a large database of safety information for chemicals commonly used in processed foods, from Twinkies to almond milk.
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NRDC To Launch Attack On Food Ingredient Approvals
The Natural Resources Defense Council is best known for climate activism and celebrity fundraisers, but now the environmental powerhouse is escalating its work in another area: food policy. NRDC is positioning itself to launch an aggressive campaign for much stronger regulation around the way the Food and Drug Administration approves the use of those food ingredients you can't pronounce.
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GOVERNMENT AFFAIR NEWS — FEDERAL & STATE


FEDERAL ISSUES


Most States Still Failing In Obesity Fight
"All 50 states failed to bring down their adult obesity rates last year, and in six states, rates inched up," according to a recent analysis. The annual obesity progress report, by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, found that while there are some bright spots, not enough progress has been made fighting the epidemic in the U.S., even with unprecedented national attention on the importance of healthy eating.
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GMO Labeling Opponents Triple US 2014 Spending In States Across The Country, Compared To 2013
Opponents of mandatory labeling for foods made with genetically modified organisms spent more than $27 million in the first six months of this year on GMO-related lobbying, roughly three times their spending in all of 2013, according to an analysis released Wednesday. The Grocery Manufacturers Association and major food makers such as Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo Inc and top biotech seed makers Monsanto Co and DuPont were among heavy spenders on GMO labeling-related lobbying, among other food issues, according to a report issued by the Environmental Working Group. The group analyzed lobbying disclosure forms that cited labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms along with other policy issues.
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STATE ISSUES


California: Workers May Gain Paid Sick Leave
Workers in California who will become eligible for paid sick leave under legislation that Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign had an extra reason to celebrate on Labor Day. AB 1522, passed by the state Legislature over the weekend, requires employers to provide both full-time and part-time employees with one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked.
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California: Los Angeles Mayor Proposes $13.25 An Hour Minimum Wage
Los Angeles, the second-largest U.S. city by population, would boost its minimum wage to $13.25 an hour by 2017, almost twice the current federal regulation, under a proposal by Mayor Eric Garcetti.
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California: Judge Rules Berkeley Must Change Soda Tax Language
A judge ruled that Berkeley officials must change the soda tax measure language because it is currently misleading. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo said the city's statement that the tax would only be imposed on "high-calorie, sugary drinks" is "a form of advocacy and therefore not impartial."
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Indiana: 2014 Provides The Greatest Chance To Finally Place An IVC Member In The State Legislature
Jon Ford, formerly with All State Manufacturing, is involved in a race to unseat a long time incumbent in the Indiana State Senate. Opinion polls have Jon in a dead heat with the incumbent. Having a conservative like Jon involved in the day to day decisions of the operation of Indiana would definitely be a tremendous boost to the vending industries' lobbying efforts within the state, and we feel that tax parity can finally be realized in Indiana. If you are interested in either helping or learning more about Jon Ford, visit https://www.facebook.com/VoteJonFord.
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Nevada: Nevada State Senator Seeks To Raise The State's Minimum Wage To $15 Per Hour
Nevada State Senator Tick Segerblom has proposed creating a measure that would increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The resolution would need to pass two legislative sessions, however, and would be put before voters in 2018 at the earliest before it could go into effect, the source reports.
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