BID TO HIKE MINIMUM WAGE SPARKS CONCERN

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- A new plan to raise the minimum wage has surfaced on Capitol Hill and is raising concerns in the supermarket industry.While the industry is skeptical of the plan's chances of passage this year, industry leaders aren't sanguine that it will go away without a fight.Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., has unveiled a wage floor increase proposal that would raise the wage to $7.25 an hour

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- A new plan to raise the minimum wage has surfaced on Capitol Hill and is raising concerns in the supermarket industry.

While the industry is skeptical of the plan's chances of passage this year, industry leaders aren't sanguine that it will go away without a fight.

Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., has unveiled a wage floor increase proposal that would raise the wage to $7.25 an hour by Sept. 1, 2002. An identical House bill is to be introduced Tuesday by David

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