Obama Raising Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors
From $7.25 to $10.10, via executive order
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2014 7:00 AM CST
In this Jan. 23, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

(Newser) – Some federal contract workers will soon be making $10.10 per hour, up from $7.25, thanks to an executive action to be signed by President Obama. The move could eventually affect more than 2 million employees, but Obama's long-term goal is to increase the minimum wage across the board to $10.10 over three years—a goal he'll address in tonight's State of the Union. Fox News says the executive action is "the first of potentially many" tied to the address. The executive action will only apply to future, not existing, contracts, USA Today notes.

In tonight's address, Obama will push Congress to pass legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa and Rep. George Miller of California, which would not only increase the minimum wage but also tie it to inflation and increase the minimum wage for tipped workers for the first time in more than 20 years, the AP reports. The executive actions are one way he's making good on a promise to use presidential authority when Congress won't act. "Hardworking Americans including janitors and construction workers ... will benefit from the Executive Order," says the White House in a statement, as per the Washington Post. "Hardworking people who would benefit from an EO include military base workers who wash dishes, serve food, and do laundry." For seven things you need to know about tonight's State of the Union, click here.

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Tom Maker
Jan 31, 2014 1:38 PM CST
Hey, I want more money too. Who cares if I have not had any additional training or added responsibilities....I just want more money!!!
Jan 30, 2014 9:48 PM CST
This President truly believes the American people are morons. This increase is ONLY for Federal employees. What about the other 329 Million People? They get Nothing !!!
Jan 29, 2014 12:52 PM CST
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