In a packed hearing that ran into the late evening, Washington, D.C.’s city council debated Monday whether the council should repeal a recently-passed ballot initiative to raise the city’s tipped minimum wage. Initiative 77, passed in June by District voters, would raise the tipped minimum wage to match the non-tipped minimum wage by 2026.
A coalition of organizations that represent farmers, ranchers, fishermen, students, and food system workers launched a new campaign Tuesday that targets the purchasing practices of the country's top cafeteria operators. Those operators—Aramark, Sodexo, and Compass Group—run a huge percentage of the country's institutional cafeterias, including 47 percent of hospitals, 21 percent of college campuses, and 11 percent of public school districts. The coalition aims to shift the purchasing practices of the biggest operators to support a more sustainable food supply chain.